Top Facts about Rafael van der Vaart

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Rafael Ferdinand Van der Vaart Was born on February 11, 1983, in Heemskerk, Netherlands. The Dutch midfielder won the award during his time at Ajax but did not have the stability to play for a club during his career. He was unsuccessful during his time at Real Madrid, while his injuries at Tottenham Hotspur were annoying.

In 2015, he left for Real Betis with an amazing transfer, and after an enchanted season, he left for Denmark, Midtjylland. The day Rafael van der Vaart was introduced to the public as the new Real Betis player, hundreds of people went to the airport to greet him. At the same time, thousands of people went to the stadium and waited to see the former Ajax, Real Madrid, and Hamburg player in their green and white kit.

After leaving the stadium, the fans told reporters about their joy and high spirits following van der Vaart's comments; Rafael had told them that he had come here to win the league and also the Champions League! On the International level, Rafael van der Vaart scored 25 goals in 109 national games and played a key role in earning the 2010 World Cup runner-up title.

In the following, we will mention in detail Rafael van der Vaart net worth, stats, and other points. Today we want to talk about the

top facts about Rafael van der Vaart

and tell you some special facts about this former star.

Top facts about Rafael van der Vaart you might want to know

Rafael van der Vaart is a 38 years old former star who played for Netherlands national team, Ajax, Hamburger SV,

Real Madrid

, Tottenham, Betis, Esbjerg fB and Midtjylland.

He is known as one of the best Dutch midfielders of all-time, so in this part of the article, we want to look at Van der Vaart’s adventure and story through a new aspect. We will discover everything you want to know about

Rafael van der Vaart personal life

and then in the next parts, we will review the top facts about Rafael van der Vaart.

  • Full Name

    : Rafael Ferdinand van der Vaart

  • Date and Place of Birth

    : 11 February 1983 in Heemskerk, Netherlands

  • Rafael van der Vaart age

    : 38

  • Height & Weight

    : Rafael van der Vaart height is 1.76 m and he weighs 74 kg

  • Family Members

    : Ramon Van der Vaart (father), Lolita van der Vaart (mother), Fernando van der Vaart (siblings), Damian Rafael van der Vaart, (son), Jesslynn van der Vaart (daughter)

  • Marital Status

    : In a Relationship

  • Girlfriend

    : Estavana Polman

  • Ex-wife

    : Sylvie Meis

  • Rafael van der Vaart Children

    : Damian, and Jesslynn

  • Current Team

    : Retired

  • Jersey Number

    : #23 Real Madrid and Ajax #10 Tottenham Hotspur/ #23 Netherlands

  • Nickname

    : “Rafi” and “VdV”

  • Position

    : Midfielder

  • Zodiac Sign

    : Aquarius

Rafael van der Vaart Birthday, Zodiac Sign and Nationality

Rafael van der Vaart was born on 11 February 1983 in Heemskerk,


. Rafael van der Vaart nationality is Dutch.

Rafael van der Vaart zodiac sign is Aquarius. Aquarius-born people are shy and quiet, but on the other hand, they can be eccentric and energetic. However, in both cases, they are deep thinkers and highly intellectual people who love helping others. They are able to see without prejudice, on both sides, which makes them people who can easily solve problems.

Although they can easily adapt to the energy that surrounds them, Aquarius-born have a deep need to be some time alone and away from everything, in order to restore power. People born under the Aquarius sign, look at the world as a place full of possibilities.

Some of the most famous figures born on the 11th of February (Rafael van der Vaart Birthday) are Jennifer Aniston, Taylor Lautner, Thomas Edison and Natalie Dormer.

Rafael van der Vaart Parents and Childhood

Rafael van der Vaart was born on February 17, 1983 in Heemskerk, Netherlands. Van der Vaart was born to Dutch parents and he served as a Dutch player for years. Ramon and Lolita Van der Vaart (

Rafael van der Vaart parents

) always supported their son and tried to be by Rafael's side.

Rafael van der Vaart childhood

dream has always been to be able to become a football player and this dream finally came true. Van der Vaart was not a child who was blessed with a lot of opportunities. He was born in a small town in Holland called Heemskerk, which has a population less than the capacity of Stamford Bridge, to a Dutch father and a Spanish migrant mother from Cadiz. Van der Vaart apparently grew up in a trailer park in the town, living a “gypsy lifestyle”, according to some.

The young Dutchman was aware that this way of life was slightly different from everyone else he knew, but that never fazed him. He didn’t know any different; this was all he had known. Rafael van der Vaart was as a young child afraid that Sinterklaas would skip the caravan camp where the former footballer lived.

Van der Vaart used fear as the basis for the Sinterklaas book that he wrote for a food manufacturer: "It was always good, by the way. I remember that at the end of Sinterklaas evening the question always arose whether I wanted to get something out of the shed and then of course there was the biggest gift there; often it was a bicycle.

He even spoke about it later on in his life, stating: “That was the way my family lived. My father was born there and it is a lifestyle. Maybe it isn’t a normal lifestyle, but I always liked it. I always liked to play football on the streets.” Rafael van der Vaart has always been one of those people who had the talent to achieve their goals, and that is why Rafael van der Vaart childhood had been spent with hard-working to achieve goals.

Rafael van der Vaart Girlfriend, Personal Life and Marital Status

Besides discussing Rafael van der Vaart career, we will also talk about Rafael van der Vaart children and family. Rafael van der Vaart is currently dating Estavana Polman. The couple started dating in 2016 and have been together for around 5 years, and 27 days.

As of 2021, Rafael van der Vaart’s girlfriend is Estavana Polman. They began dating sometime in 2016. He is an Aquarius and she is a Leo. Estavana Polman is 28 years old, while Rafael is 38 years old. Rafael van der Vaart had at least 4 relationships before this one. He has not been previously engaged.

Rafael van der Vaart and Estavana Polman have been dating for approximately 5 years, and 27 days. Like most celebrities, Rafael van der Vaart tries to keep his personal and love life private.  Rafael van der Vaart was previously married to Sylvie Meis. In fact, Rafael van der Vaart has been in relationships with Sabia Boulahrouz (2013 – 2015) and Silvie Meis.

Rafael van der Vaart Career

Following the

top facts about Rafael van der Vaart

, there is a good percent you want to continue the rest of the article so we intend to bring up a new topic. Rafael van der Vaart was born on February 11, 1983, in Heemskerk, Netherlands.

Rafael van der Vaart career before joining


was not very special. Van der Vaart became one of the stars of Ajax and also one of the most popular players in Netherlands. He was made the captain of the team in the 2004-05 season and made a total of 156 appearances for the club while scoring 63 goals and providing 26 assists. He again became the Dutch Champion with Ajax in 2003-04 season and also won the Dutch Super Cup.

He moved to Bundesliga team

Hamburger SV

in July 2005 due to injury and poor performances at Ajax. He finished his debut season at the club as the top scorer as the club finished third in the German league and won the 2005 UEFA Intertoto Cup. There is no doubt that van der Vaart's first visit to Hamburger was a success. He joined Real Madrid in 2008 after a very successful period with €15m.

But his second term in Hamburger in 2012 was not very successful. Despite a promising first season after his return when Hamburger lost the European quota by a very small margin, conditions for a separate had been made; Especially after a family quarrel with his now ex-wife, Sylvia, on New Year's Eve, which caused the Dutch midfielder to beat her and later separate.

This story may seem like an excuse, but after this incident, in the second half of the 2013/14 season, his performance was severely weakened; Zero goals and only three assists! Despite regaining his love for his ex-wife's close friend, the same ex-wife of Khalid Boulahrouz, Rafael never found his former form. 

Hamburger's young and motivated young man,

Hakan Calhanoglu

, have robbed him of everything that van der Vaart was good at; Free kicks, assists, playmaking and etc. The problem was that both of them were playing exactly in the back position of the striker, and the talented Hakan Calhanoglu went to the winger position.

The result was a better and more acceptable display. van der Vaart continued his love for the city of Hamburg and, as far as he could, declared that he would never leave the city. His return in 2012 brought a lot of excitement back to the club and the fans, but it is fair to say that in the end, the transfer did not work.

Things got so bad that the famous Dutch midfielder was chosen by Kicker as the most disappointing player in the Bundesliga. Despite comments like the one above, Van der Vaart has always said that he would like to finish his football in Andalusia, especially in Cadiz, which is close to his ancestral city of Chicalana.

On 10 August, Van der Vaart joined Midtjylland on a two-year deal. On 28 August, Van der Vaart made his Superliga debut. On 10 August, Van der Vaart joined Midtjylland on a two-year deal. On 28 August, Van der Vaart made his Superliga debut and after that, on 4 August 2018 it was made public that Van der Vaart had signed a one-year contract with Danish Superliga club

Esbjerg fB

. Finally, on 4 November 2018, having been struggling with recurring injuries, Van der Vaart announced he would retire from professional football with immediate effect

On the national level in Rafael van der Vaart career, from 2001 to 2013 he played in the Dutch national team as one of the main players and with his excellent technical characteristics, he became a valuable player. He played a total of 109 games for the Netherlands and scored 25 goals in general.

Rafael van der Vaart Religion

Regarding Rafael van der Vaart religion in

top facts about Rafael van der Vaart

article, like most of the Dutch people, he is Christian. In 2019, Statistics Netherlands, the government institute that gathers statistical information about the Netherlands, found that 50.1% of the adult population declared no religious affiliation.

Christians comprised 43.8% of the total population; by denomination, Catholicism was 23.7%, the members of the Protestant Church of the Netherlands were 15.5%, and members of other Christian denominations were 4.6%. Islam comprised 4.9% of the total population, Hinduism 0.6%, Buddhism 0.4%, and Judaism 0.1%.

Rafael van der Vaart Salary, Net worth and Market Value

Relating to 

Rafael van der Vaart salary

, he used to earn €4m per year. His salary in Real Madrid was much more than this fee.

Rafael van der Vaart net worth

is around €22m. He made his €22m fortune in Ajax, Hamburger SV,


, Betis, Midtjylland, Esbjerg fB and Netherlands national team. 

Now the whole Rafael van der Vaart net worth is around €22m and he also has an annual net salary of €4m. After all, about

Rafael van der Vaart market value

, it should be said he has retired from football but his highest market value was in 2008 worth €24m.

Rafael van der Vaart Transfermarket Stats

Rafael van der Vaart transfermarket stats

 are great. As we said, in terms of Rafael van der Vaart stats, he managed to play 546 games throughout his career. Rafael van der Vaart joined Hamburger SV from Ajax for a fee of €5m and then left for Real Madrid for a fee of €14m. After shining in this team, he joined Spurs for €10m. Some controversial accidents led him to return Hamburger. After that, van der Vaart joined Real Betis on a free transfer.

After spending some time at


, the Dutch star finally decided to move to FC Midtjylland. He played for the Danish team for two years and then moved to Esbjerg fB. All of these transfers happened on a free transfer, and of course the main reason behind this was being close to his girlfriend. He then retired from football in 2013.

His performances for the Dutch national team at the 2010 World Cup have not yet been forgotten. However, even if some fans deny it,

Rafael van der Vaart stats

in Hamburger and Real Madrid could be much more excellent.

Some Short Top Facts about Rafael van der Vaart

  • Rafael van der Vaart was a Midfielder. His height is 1.76 m and he weighs 74 kg.

  • About Rafael van der Vaart age, it should be said that he is 38 years old.

  • Rafael van der Vaart salary at Real Madrid was €3.5m.

  • Rafael van der Vaart is in a relationship with Estavana Polman.

  • Regarding Rafael van der Vaart children, he has a daughter, and a son.

  • Rafael van der Vaart is Dutch and he used to play for Netherlands national team.

When it comes to

top facts about Rafael van der Vaart

, creativity, free kicks, stunning technique, excellent intelligence and solid shots comes to the minds.


Rafael van der Vaart social media

, he is active in social media, and his comments on players as a pundit are well-known all around the world.

Rafael van der Vaart Instagram account

 has 206k followers. Besides all this information, it is better to mention

Rafael van der Vaart Facebook account


Rafael van der Vaart Twitter account


Rafael van der Vaart Quotes

One of the favorite parts of SportMob's article on top facts about Rafael van der Vaart is amazing quotes.

Van der Vaart about Harry Maguire

"I think Maguire goes home every day and tells his wife, "I'm a bad and useless football player but I have a high income. They think I'm a good player. When I watch amateur teams play on Sundays, I find three players like Maguire. Seriously. It sounds silly but no one tells Maguire. We are talking about a player worth €90m. So the price of

Virgil van Dijk

should be €300m".

Van der Vaart about Sergio Ramos

“In my opinion,

Sergio Ramos

is the best defender in the world. When I was at Real Madrid he was 21 or 22 years old and he had a lot of energy. He liked to be everywhere. On sending corners, free kicks, and everywhere in general. The situation is different now and he is more focused than in the past. He now focuses only on the victory of his team and uses all the abilities at his disposal to achieve this specific goal.

Ramos is aware of his skills, strengths, and circumstances, and this helps him to be a very important nut for his team in winning various titles. He is also in the incredible physical condition and is like a car. When I watched him play, I thought to myself, is he really 34 years old? I think Ramos can continue playing football until he is 40 years old. I have a lot of respect for him.”

Rafael van der Vaart on Virgil van Dijk

"He is not the best player in the world, but he is a good player. Messi and Ronaldo are the best, but we can't compare defenders and strikers."

Rafael van der Vaart on Matthijs de Ligt

“I would have preferred to see him in Bayern Munich or Barcelona. He is currently facing difficulties and it is not easy to compete with

Giorgio Chiellini

, even though he is injured now and Bonucci is sitting on the bench. But he is a very talented player.”

Rafael van der Vaart about Gareth Bale

Gareth Bale

is a great player, but he is a person who needs to feel confident. He must feel important. However, I know that there is a lot of pressure in Real Madrid and if you do not have a good performance, it does not matter if you are Ronaldo or Gareth Bale, or Rafael van der Vaart, they will kick you out of the club after just one season.”

Rafael van der Vaart about Frenkie de Jong

“He does not score many goals, but with the ball, Frenkie de Jong is the best player in the Netherlands. That's why I think Barcelona was the best place he could have chosen after Ajax.”

Rafael van der Vaart on Isco

“Isco is the best player in the world. But he always had problems with the coaches and even Zidane did not trust him 100%. When I want to watch a game against Real Madrid, I return home if Isco is not in the squad.”

Rafael Van der Vaart on Jose Mourinho

“I love him for being honest. In the Netherlands, we like honest people. Mourinho can easily tell you that you will not play. I like him not only as a person but also as a head coach. Has won many trophies.”

Rafael van der Vaart Achievements

The honors of Rafael van der Vaart are quite known. He is one of the most famous Dutch players in history who has won trophies in Holland and Spain. Let's take a look at Rafael van der Vaart's achievements in the top facts about Rafael van der Vaart article.

Ajax Amsterdam

  • Dutch Champion in 2001-2002, 2003-2004

  • Dutch Cup Winner in 2001-2002

  • Dutch Super Cup Winner in 2003

Real Madrid

  • Spanish Super Cup Winner in 2008-2009

FC Midtjylland

  • Danish Champion in 2017-2018

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