Royston Drenthe Biography

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Once considered to be one of the best talents of his generation, during his 5 years spell at Real Madrid he did not develop as much as the club wanted. In this article, stay tuned as we take a look at Royston Drenthe biography.

Royston Drenthe, born on 8 April 1987, in Rotterdam, is a Dutch professional football player of Surinamese descent who primarily plays in midfield.

Drenthe was a very promising footballer in the 2000s at


and then at

Real Madrid

, but from 2010 onwards he had an up-and-down career at various clubs in




, Russia, Turkey and the United Arab Emirates respectively.

After his first season at Feyenoord, Drenthe was called up to the Dutch U-21 national team for the 2007 UEFA U-21 European Championship on Dutch soil. He was the key player in the Netherlands' second consecutive title-winning campaign in the tournament and was chosen by UEFA as the best player in the competition.

He was selected as one of the three best football players during the U21 World Cup 2007. In 2008, he represented his country at the Beijing Olympics, where the Dutch national team was eliminated in the quarterfinals by



On November 14, 2010, he was called up by coach Bert van Marwijk to the senior national team. Three days later, he made his debut in a friendly against Turkey. Drenthe entered in the second half of the match and the

Netherlands national team

won 1-0.

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In 2017, he began a career as a rapper. In January 2021, he signed a one-season contract with Racing Murcia. His cousins Georginio Wijnaldum and Gillano Wijnaldum are also professional footballers.

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  • Full Name: Royston Ricky Drenthe

  • Nickname: Ricky

  • Profession: Professional Footballer

Royston Drenthe Physical Stats

  • Weight: 63 Kg

  • Height: 1.67 m

  • Eye Color: Black

  • Hair Color: Black

Royston Drenthe Football Information

  • Position: Winger, Left Back

  • Jersey Number: 15

  • Professional Debut: 2005

Royston Drenthe Date of Birth and Personal Info

  • Date of Birth: 8 April 1987

  • Birth Place: Rotterdam, Netherlands

  • Zodiac Sign: Aries

  • Nationality: Dutch

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Royston Drenthe Early Life

Royston Drenthe was born in Rotterdam and his family are originally from Suriname. As a child, he ran after a ball in the suburbs of the city's western districts until he was eventually signed up by local club SC Neptunus. He progressed through the various age groups there and was even crowned youth league champion, and it wasn't long before Feyenoord's scouts offered him the chance to join the club's youth ranks.

As time went by, he found himself in the team coached by Henk Fräser, but he did not convince the coaching staff and joined SBV Excelsior, a subsidiary of Feyenoord. He played for


for 2 years and in a junior match against Feyenoord, he did so well playing as a left-wing that the Feyenoord management offered him a return to the club.

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Royston Drenthe made his professional debut for the club on 15 January 2006 in the 1-0 win against


. He came on as a substitute for Diego Biseswar in the 76th minute.

That season he still played mainly for the reserves and had a regular place in the squad, and in the first division, he appeared on the pitch only three times. In the second team, however, he was so successful that he signed a professional contract with the club until 2011.

On 31 January 2006, it was announced that Drenthe would join the Feyenoord A-team. Despite a poor start to the 2006/2007 season, the young left-back's passion and determination caught the eye of the Feyenoord fans.

In the 2006/2007 season, Belgian Philippe Léonard joined Feyenoord, with Pascal Bosschaart still among the team's left-backs. However, Léonard suffered an injury and Bosschaart was loaned to

ADO Den Haag

and Drenthe was given the chance to play.

He became the team's star player and started to perform so well that he became a fan favourite at Feyenoord. Among other things, he played in the group stage of the UEFA Cup (Feyenoord were excluded from further rounds due to fans' riots during the match with AS Nancy).

His last match for Feyenoord in the Eredivisie was the heavy 5-1 loss against SC Heerenveen on 4 August 2007, where he played the whole match.

On 6 August 2007, the press release stated that Drenthe had filed for arbitration against Feyenoord in an attempt to secure his transfer to Real Madrid. An agreement was reached between Real Madrid and Feyenoord on 9 August 2007. Drenthe went to Spain for a fee of €15 million for five years. The club saw Drenthe as a reinforcement for the entire left flank.

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Real Madrid

On 15 August 2007, Royston Drenthe made his debut with the Real Madrid club in the friendly match against

Real Betis

. Drenthe played that match with number 15 and his fellow debutant Wesley Sneijder with number 23, the old number of David Beckham who continued his career in Major League Soccer with the Los Angeles Galaxy.

At the age of 20 years 04 months 17 days, he made his La Liga debut in the 2-1 win against

Atletico Madrid

under German coach Bernd Schuster.

On Sunday 18 August, Drenthe scored his first goal for Real Madrid against Sevilla in the 24th minute of the Spanish Super Cup final. Real Madrid ended the game with ten men after Pepe was sent off with two yellow cards in the last minute and lost the match 3-5. After a great start, Drenthe got less playing time.

At the end of January and the beginning of February, Drenthe slowly got some more playing time. On 10 February 2008, he was substituted for Robinho after fifteen minutes and played a good match. Real Madrid triumphed 7-0, partly due to one goal and one assist by Drenthe. In the two seasons that he spent there, he mainly appeared as a substitute.

At the beginning of the 2009/10 season, Marcelo was preferred at left-back, but Drenthe increasingly started to play (especially in away games). He scored his first goal of the season in a

Champions League

match against

AC Milan


Although Drenthe was brought in for the long term, Italian club


was prepared to sign him for €10 million in the winter of 2007. Real Madrid and Drenthe were not interested. Since then Panathinaikos, Fenerbahçe, Aston Villa,


, Paris Saint-Germain, Olympique Lyonnais and his old club Feyenoord also showed interest in him, but he remained in Madrid.

At the start of the 2010/11 season, Drenthe would get little playing time under new head coach José Mourinho at Real Madrid. On Tuesday 31 August 2010, the last day of the summer transfer window, Drenthe made the switch from Real Madrid to the newly promoted Hércules CF on a loan basis.

During his spell at Real Madrid, Royston Drenthe played a total of 65 matches for the Spanish giants, scoring 4 goals and giving 5 assists.

Hercules CF

On 31 August 2010, Real Madrid confirmed his loan to Hercules CF until the end of the season. Drenthe made his official debut for Hercules on 11 September, in the Alicante team's victory over


(0-2). During the season, he had constant problems with the Blue and Whites' club due to his lack of discipline. His first goal for Hercules was scored on 14 November 2010 against Real Sociedad in a 2-1 win.

At the beginning of 2011, Royston was involved in a serious controversy when he did not show up for training for a week due to his unpaid wages. At the end of the 2010-11 season, his loan spell at Hércules came to an end and he returned to Real Madrid, however, coach José Mourinho drafted him in alongside Gago, Pedro León and Lassana Diarra as a player who would not be included in the squad for the 2011-12 season.

During his time at Hercules CF, he appeared in 19 games for the club, with 17 matches in La Liga, where he managed to score 4 goals and provide one assist. That season he also played 2 matches in the Copa Del Rey.

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Everton FC

It was on the last day of the transfer window, that Royston Drenthe left Real Madrid, the club he joined in 2007, to move to

English Premier League

side Everton FC on loan. He played his first English Premier League match as a substitute in the 2-2 draw against Aston Villa on 10 September, again coming off the bench. He scored his first goal for the Toffees in his second English Premier League appearance against Wigan Athletic to round off a 3-1 home win.

In his first full match for Everton FC on 21 September 2011, Drenthe provided the assist to the winning goal in the League Cup match versus West Bromwich. He scored his first goal in his first league start against Fulham on 23 October 2011, after just three minutes of play in a 3-1 home win.

After three weeks on the sidelines because of an ankle injury, Drenthe, scored the sole goal of the home match versus Swansea City, on 21 December 2011. Against Blackpool FC in the FA Cup on 18 February of the following season, he scored the first goal in just 49 seconds to seal a 2-0 home win for Everton.

In the following match for Everton, Drenthe was in the starting line-up, scoring with a strong 18-yard low shot for the opening goal in a 1-1 draw versus Queens Park Rangers.

Drenthe was given a leave of absence for personal reasons in March 2012 and, after returning, there were reports that he was late for training. Consequently, head coach David Moyes dismissed the Dutch player from the squad for the FA Cup semi-final match. He was caught on CCTV carrying out indisciplinary acts and was dropped from the club.

In May he accused FC Barcelona's Lionel Messi of being racist, saying the Argentine had called him a "nigger" after an on-field argument. After a year at Everton, he left


England and remained without a club until January 2013, when he signed for FC Alania Vladikavkaz.

Alania Vladikavkaz

After his contract with Real Madrid expired on 30 June 2012, he remained a free player for six months. In the winter transfer window Russian club Alanya Vladikavkaz announced the signing of the Dutch player, who joined the new club until 2016.

He played his first game for his new team on 9 March 2013 in a match against FK Rostov, after which Valery Gazzayev called the player "a great professional and a role model for young players". On 15 April, in just his fifth game, he scored a hat-trick in a match against Mordovia Saransk. However, his team was relegated from the Premier League.

During his time with the Russian club, he only played 6 matches in the Russian Premier League, scoring 3 goals.


Following the relegation of FC Alania Vladikavkaz, he joined Reading Football Club as a free agent for the 2013-2014 season. He signed a two-year contract with the option of a third year on 21 June 2013. On 8 March 2014 Drenthe scored his first goal for the club in a 1-1 draw against Brighton. Royston was unable to find regularity during the year and a half he remained at the club, possibly failing to match the effort required for the club's status and aspirations.

As a result, he left the club on loan next season. Manager Steve Clarke said: "Royston Drenthe is, without a doubt, a very talented player. However, sometimes in football, signings don't perform as expected. And that has been the case with Royston at Reading, so it is best that he leaves the club. We wish him the best of luck for the future",

For the 2013/14 season at Reading, he played a total of 24 matches with the English club, of which 23 of them was in the Championship and one in the FA Cup. He scored only 2 goals for them and provided one assist in the league.

Sheffield Wednesday

In the 2014-2015 season, Royston Drenthe was loaned for six months to Sheffield Wednesday in the English Football League Championship. He scored his only goal for Sheffield Wednesday on 1 November in a match against Charlton Athletic.

During his stay at the club, he played a total of 15 matches for Sheffield Wednesday, all of them in the English Football Championship and scored just one goal. At Sheffield Wednesday, other than playing as a right and left midfielder, was sometimes deployed as a central and defensive midfielder too.

Kayseri Erciyesspor

After Reading FC, Drenthe signed a two and a half year contract on 22 January 2015 with Kayseri Erciyesspor, which was fifteenth in the Turkish Süper Lig at the time. There he joined former NEC striker Bjorn Vleminckx as his teammate. On his first appearance on Sunday 25 January, he scored the winning goal in the league match against Karabükspor (1-2).

During his spell with the Turkish club in the 2014/15 season, Royston Drenthe played just 11 matches for the club, all of them was in the Turkish Süper Lig. In these matches, he managed to score 3 goals and provide an assist in the home match against Galatasaray.


In September 2015, he signed for Baniyas SC of the UAE League, which was coached by Spaniard Luis García Plaza, and was his 9th club in a career that saw him play in 6 countries. In the match against Al Fujairah, he made his debut in the shirt of the Middle Eastern club.

For his time at the club, he played a total of 18 matches in the 2015/16 season of the UAE Gulf League, where he managed to only provide two assists, one in the home game against Al-Jazira and the other one in another home match versus Al-Shaab.

After his spell at the club ended in 2016, Drenthe announced his retirement from the football field to pursue a career in music.


In January 2018, Drenthe started playing for the Sunday team of Rotterdam's XerxesDZB, which was playing in the Second Division. He had previously played for a lower team at the club from mid-2017 and was then a member of the club's first team.

"I was asked to help them here and I'm happy to do that'', said Drenthe. "I train for myself and I have said that I want to continue rapping, but you are talking about playing at the amateur level. I already did that in a lower team and it remains amateur football. For me, this adventure will be successful if I can play good football and if XerxesDZB can maintain itself in the second division.

Coach Marco Jalink was pleased with the experience he added to his team. "We are at the bottom of the table anyway. We need quality and I think he can bring it to us. We asked him to join us. He's been training for the past four weeks. Of course, a player of his calibre is in the starting line-up right away and we'll see how it goes. Seven years ago he was on the field with Ronaldo and now he is with us.”

Sparta Rotterdam

In July 2018 Drenthe returned to professional football. On 6 July 2018, he signed a one-year contract with Sparta Rotterdam after training with them for a period of two weeks. On 7 September Drenthe scored his first goal for this club, playing 32 games for Sparta during the 2018/2019 season in which he scored 5 goals.

Sparta finished the season in second place, and in the Playoffs, in which Drenthe was on the bench, they won against TOP Oss and De Graafschap, allowing Sparta to be promoted to the Eredivisie. After the season, Sparta announced that Drenthe's expiring contract would not be extended.

At Sparta, he played a total of 32 matches, all of them were at Keuken Kampioen Divisie. He managed to score 5 goals for his new club and provide 6 assists to his teammate and thus proving essential in his club’s promotion to the Eredivisie.

Kozakken Boys

On 24 August 2019, Drenthe signed a one-season contract with Kozakken Boys, playing in the Third Division. After a season at Sparta Rotterdam in which he performed at a good level, Drenthe wanted to have one last chance.

"Going to Kozakken Boys is a consensual decision. It's close to home and I can spend more time with my family," he said.

At Kozakken Boys, Royston Drenthe played 9 games at Tweede Divisie, scoring three goals and providing two assists. He also played just one match in TOTO KNVB beker, against GVVV.

Racing Murcia

Since mid-October amateur football in the Netherlands went on hold and therefore at Kozakken Boys Drenthe was not able to play any matches this season. When Drenthe received an offer from Racing Murcia in December, he decided to move back to Spain, after a lot of time to think about it because of his seven children in the Netherlands.

Drenthe had to watch and train a lot to lose some pounds but is now completely fit. The high-profile Rotterdam player has already given quite a few interviews to Spanish media after signing for the Spanish club, and The Guardian also ran a big story on his remarkable return to Spain.

Drenthe scored his first goal for Racing Murcia FC after ten minutes with a nice volley in the away game at Lorca FC on February 7, 2021.

Netherlands National Team

In 2007, Drenthe participated with the Dutch youth team in the European Championships under 21, where they also played for the qualification for the 2008 Olympic Games in Beijing. Drenthe played an important role in the victories in the group stage matches, which enabled the Netherlands to qualify for the semi-finals and automatically obtain a starting ticket for the Olympic Games.

Against Israel (1-0), Drenthe provided an assist from which the only goal was scored. He was voted Man of the Match by UEFA. After the match against Portugal, national coach Foppe de Haan was very positive about him. Despite strong play in the semi-final, Drenthe missed his first penalty kick in the penalty shootout against the England youth team; he shot hard at the post.

He scored his second penalty. Ultimately, the Dutch Junior Team won the European Championships under 21 by beating Serbia in the final, 4-1. Drenthe was praised as one of the best players of the tournament.

Until the 2007 European Championship, Drenthe played six matches for the Dutch youth team and he scored two goals.

In November 2010 Drenthe was called up by national coach Bert van Marwijk for a friendly match of the Dutch national football team. During this match, in the Amsterdam ArenA, the Netherlands played against Turkey. In the 80th minute, Drenthe made his debut in the Dutch national team as a substitute for Rafael van der Vaart. The Netherlands won 1-0.

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Style of Play

Royston Drenthe is mainly considered a winger, but can also play as a left-back, central and defensive midfielder. As a flank player, he once had a very quick style of play and as time went by in his career, he turned into a stronger player rather than a footballer with high pace.


Many football fans and critics regarded him as one of the best talents in world football when he first signed for Real Madrid, but he never managed to live up to the expectations.

Goal Celebration

Royston Drenthe has not scored many goals during his football career and he never had a signature goal celebration. However, we have seen him many times simply running towards the fans after scoring goals.

Royston Drenthe outside Football

As a professional football player, Drenthe was known for its luxurious lifestyle with, for example, a preference for watches costing 80,000 euros.

Royston Drenthe had been declared bankrupt on 1 December 2020, in accordance with the Central Insolvency Register. The former football player of Feyenoord, Real Madrid and Everton, who earned several million during his career, blamed the failure on his own negligence' and 'his instability'.

Drenthe announced in February 2017 that he would stop playing football and start rapping under the name Roya2faces.

Drenthe featured as a rapper on the album Het kapitalisme by U-Niq. Together with Ryan Babel, he contributed to the song 'Tak Taki', which is Surinamese for 'talk'. This song was recorded after the Port of Rotterdam Tournament when Babel and Drenthe were both in Rotterdam.

Royston Drenthe Personal Life

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Family, Children and Relationships

Royston Drenthe has had several girlfriends. With Marie he had two children, with Daisy he had one child. More recently, Royston Drenthe was together with Zahra. In total, he now has seven children, but he does not seem to be in a relationship anymore.

During his time at Real Madrid, it was said that he had an affair with a Spanish nude model named Malena Garcia.


As of the time of writing this article, there are no reports regarding any charity works of Royston Drenthe on the media.

Legal Issues

In March 2021, Royston Drenthe was cleared out after Police has found around 176 thousand Euros in his car and then accused him of money laundering. A judge in the Netherlands has ruled out that there is no evidence to convict the ex-Real Madrid player of money laundry.

Royston Drenthe Career Statistics

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Having started his career in 2005, Royston Drenthe has gone on to play 264 matches in all competitions, scoring 30 goals. During all these years, he has played for 12 different clubs on all levels.


After playing 25 matches in the Netherlands youth ranks, he was called up in 2010 to play his only match for the Netherlands senior national team.

Royston Drenthe Honors

On the club level, Drenthe has won La Liga and Spanish Super Cup (on two occasions) with Real Madrid.

On the international level, he managed to win the 2007 UEFA European Under-21 Championship with his country.

He has also won the UEFA European Under-21 Championship Golden Player award in the UEFA European Under-21 Championship.

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