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Former Tottenham playmaker Rafael van der Vaart retires from football

The 35-year-old has struggled with injuries this season and made just three appearances for Danish side Esbjerg.

Former Tottenham and Holland playmaker Rafael van der Vaart has announced his retirement from football with immediate effect.

The 35-year-old has struggled with injuries this season and has only made three appearances for Danish side Esbjerg.

After starting his career at Ajax’s academy, he had a successful spell at Real Madrid before Tottenham paid £8million for him.

In a message posted on Twitter, van der Vaart, who won 109 caps for the Netherlands, announced his retirement by saying: “If there is one moment to use My Way, this is it.

“It wasn’t an easy decision to say goodbye to the game I love the most. But words can’t express how grateful I am for those 18 wonderful years of professional football. Thank you all!”

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