Rafael van der Vaart: Wiki, Bio, Age, Football, Darts, Wife, Girlfriend, Games

Rafael van der Vaart: Wiki, Bio, Age, Football, Darts, Wife, Girlfriend, Games, teams, number, position, children, parents, education, net worth, clubs, birthday, birthplace: Rafael van der Vaart a former Dutch professional football player who played in the position of attacking midfielder. He is currently the assistant manager of the Danish 2nd Division club Esbjerg fB. For the most part, he played for the Netherlands and represented the country at 3 UEFA European Championships and 2 FIFA World Cups. He later got interested in playing darts and is a member of the British Darts Organization. Recently his name appeared in the headlines as he made pretty arrogant comments on Argentina’s game against the Netherlands in support of the Netherlands. Keep reading this article to know more about his life and other personal details.

Rafael van der Vaart

Rafael van der Vaart Birthday, Age, Zodiac, Birthplace

Rafael was born on 11th February in the year 1983. He is currently 39 years old. He was born and brought up in Heemskerk, Netherlands. Born on 11th February, his Sun sign or Zodiac sign is Aquarius.

Rafael van der Vaart Parents, Siblings, Childhood

Rafael was born to parents of mixed descent. His father, Ramon van der Vaart is Dutch while his mother, Lolita van der Vaart is Spanish and hails from Chiclana de la Frontera, Cadiz. He also has a brother called Fernando van der Vaart. Rafael grew up in a trailer park among a Dutch cultural minority called Woonwagenbewoners, Irish Travellers, and Yenish People and played football in the streets often considering himself to be Romario.

Rafael van der Vaart Education, School, University, training

Van der Vaart must have done his basic schooling at some local school in the Netherlands. He might as well have studied at a reputed university later. Rafael initially played at De Kennemer’s club and later at Ajax from where he got all his training and skills. He joined Ajax when he was only 10 years and also made his senior debut at Ajax.

Rafael with Estavana

Rafael van der Vaart Ajax, Hamburger SV

Van de Vaart made his senior debut from Ajax in a match against FC Den Bosch which came out as a draw. Everyone was impressed by his performance and during the 2001-2002 season, he suffered a serious knee injury and missed the rest of the session. However, he has been named the Netherlands talent of the year because of the 15 goals he made in 27 matches. The next season he won the Amsterdam tournament. However, during the 2002-2003 season his performance was quite poor mostly due to excess weight gain. Van der Vaart was the team captain in the 2004 to 2005 season however later in that season he was stripped of his captaincy following his refusal to play in the wing. He returned to HSV for 2 seasons during 2012-2014.

Va de Vaart left Ajax and joined Hamburger SV in Germany even though he had many other strong offers at hand. He played all the matches in the season and scored in each of their first four games. Hamburger finished 3rd in the league that year and won the 2005 UEFA Intertoto Cup. For the 2006-2007 season, he was the captain. However Hamburger had a hard time in the season and ended in a respectable seventh place, and Van der Vaart suffered lots of injuries throughout the season. In the 2007-2008 season, he once again came back to his form scoring 12 league goals and Hamburg finished the league in 4th place. He also suffered serious injuries during this season.

Rafael van der Vaart Real Madrid, Tottenham Hotspur

Hamburger SV and Real Madrid made an agreement based on which Rafael was transferred to Real Madrid and signed a contract for 5 years. He made his debut in the new club in a 4-3 victory against Numancia. He made his first hattrick in a 7-1 thrashing of Sporting de Gijon. However, during the last part of the 2008-2009 season, he was mostly played as an impact substitute which led many to believe that something was off between him and the coach. In 2009 he wanted to leave real Madrid as he was not included in the team, but later he was kept in the team and also given his favorite jersey number 23.

Van der Vaart was transferred to Tottenham Hotspur in 2010. He made his debut in the team in a match against West Bromwich Albion which turned out to be a draw. He had an amazing performance in that season though he faced a Hamstring injury. On 20th April 2011, he revived Tottenham’s champions league ambitions by scoring twice in order to hold North London rivals Arsenal at White Hart Lane. In the next season, he scored two premiere league goals against Wigan athletic and Arsenal and played energetically for the rest of the season without any injuries.

Rafael van der Vaart

Rafael van der Vaart Real Betis, FC Midtjylland, Esbjerg fB

Rafael joined the Spanish club Real Betis in 2015 but had a bad performance and left the club in 2016. Later he joined the FC Midtjylland on a 2-year deal. He made a pretty good debut and maintained a good performance however for the most part played as a substitute or has very less game time. In 2018, he signed a 1-year contract with Esbjerg fB. He made his debut in a draw match against Randers FC. However, due to his recurring injuries, he announced that he would retire from professional football immediately.

Rafael Van der Vaart International Debut

He appeared in Euro 2004, Euro 2008, Euro 2012, the 2006 World Cup, and the 2010 World Cup. Even though he got selected for several International Football tournaments, he had no luck at actually winning any even though he gave his best. He was the vice-captain in the 2010 World Cup and Euro 2012.

Rafael van der Vaart Wife, Children, Girlfriend

Rafael was married to Sylvie Meis in 2006. The two share a very romantic bond and support each other during hard times. In 2009, Real Madrid wanted to sell him, but he rejected the offers because he wanted to stay in Madrid to look after his wife who was undergoing cancer treatment. The two had a son together called Damian Rafael. However, in 2010 Rafael found out that his wife was having affairs with a KLM airline Pilot and they got separated in 2012.

Rafael van der Vaart

In 2016, Van der Vaart appeared to be in a relationship with Dutch handball player, Estavana Polman who played for the Danish club Team Esbjerg. In order to stay close to his girlfriend he moved to Denmark and decided to play for Midtjylland. The new couple also had their daughter Jesslynn in 2017.

Rafael Darts, Coach, Net Worth

Post his retirement as a professional footballer he started working as a coach. He first worked as an assistant coach at Esbjerg fB. He also started playing darts professionally and joined the British Darts Organization. Rafael made his debut in his darts career at the Denmark Open, winning his first-round match 4-2 against Thomas Anderson before being knocked out in the second round. His net Worth is estimated to be 22 million euros.

Van der Vaart Height, Weight, Nationality, Ethnicity

Rafael is 1.76 meters tall which is equivalent to 176 centimeters or 5 feet 7 inches. He weighs 74 Kg or 163.14 lbs. He has black hair and eyes. Rafael is of Dutch in his nationality. He is Spanish-Dutch in ethnicity.

Here is a full bio of Rafael van der Vaart, his age, birthday, birthplace, zodiac, nationality, ethnicity, religion, caste, address, parents, father, mother, siblings, sister, brother, relationship status, boyfriend, husband, children, career, hobbies, height, weight, body measurements, eye color, hair color, nickname, net worth and more.

Rafael van der Vaart Information Table

Name Rafael Ferdinand van der Vaart
Nickname N/A
Gender Male
Profession Footballer, Darts Player, Coach
Height (approx.) in centimeters – 176cm

meters – 1.76m

feet inches – 5ft 7in

Weight (approx.) in kilograms – 74kg

in pounds – 163.14lbs

Figure Measurements Not Available
Eye Colour Black
Hair Colour Black
Date of Birth 11 February 1983
Age (as of 2022) 39 years
Birth Place Heemskerk, Netherlands
Zodiac sign/Sun sign Aquarius
Nationality Dutch
Hometown Heemskerk
School N/A
College/University N/A
Clubs Ajax

Hamburger SV

Real Madrid

Tottenham Hotspur



Esbjerg fB

Religion Christianity
Ethnicity Spanish-Dutch
Current Team Esbjerg fB(asst. coach)
position Attacking Midfielder
Hobbies/Interests N/A
Marital Status Separated
Affairs/Boyfriends/Girlfriends Estavana Polman(current)
Sexuality Straight
Parents Father: Ramon van der Vaart

Mother: Lolita van der Vaart

Siblings  Fernando van der Vaart
Husband/Wife/Spouse Sylvie Meis(separated)
Children Damian Rafael (son)

Jesslynn (daughter)

Net Worth 22 million Euro

Social Media Accounts of the Dutch




Lesser known facts about the Footballer

  • He was named Dutch Football Talent of the Year and also received the Golden Boy Award.
  • When he joined Ajax he was hailed as the new “Johan Cruyff”.
  • In 2008, he was nominated for the Ballon d’Or, but the award was finally given to Cristiano Ronaldo.
  • He witnessed the cardiac arrest of Fabrice Muamba, midfielder of Bolton Wanderers on the field, and describes it as the most horrible thing he had to witness.
  • He became the premier league Player of the Month in October 2019.
  • He is listed among the footballers with 100 or more caps.
  • His favorite jersey number is 23.
Rafael van der Vaart
Rafael with ex-wife Sylvie

FAQs on the Famous Dutch Player

1)Why did he retire?

He retired due to ongoing injuries and needed serious treatment and long rest.

2) Why did he and Sylvie Meis break up?

He and Sylvie broke up because she was having an affair with KLM Airline Pilot.

3)What does he do currently?

He works as a football coach and also as a professional darts player.

4)Who is he currently dating?

He is currently dating Estavana Polman.


5)What is his age?

He is currently 39 years old.

6)How many children does he have?

He has two children, one son with Sylvie Meis and one daughter with Estavana Polman.

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