Sports: ‘My two very best years’ – Rafael van der Vaart reveals Tottenham stint was the finest of his career

Former Netherlands and Real Madrid star Rafael van der Vaart has insisted his two-year stint with Tottenham Hotspur was the ‘best’ of his career.

The Dutchman, who has retired aged 35after injuries took a toll on his body, was looking back on his time in the game when he made the admission.

Rafael van der Vaart celebrates scoring for Tottenham Hotspur.

Van der Vaart joined Spurs in 2010 on the back helping his nation to the World Cup final in South Africa.

His arrival from Real Madrid stunned supporters on transfer deadline day and he quickly wrote himself into folklore.

Immediately a key player, he displayed his creativity and ability in front of goal straight away, scoring three goals in his first four Premier League games, while getting a goal and an assist in his opening to Champions League games.

Van der Vaart scores one of his famous goals against Arsenal.

His on-field relationship with Peter Crouchflourished, while his hatred of Arsenal was clear as he showed a knack for scoring against them, and quietening the Gunners supporters.


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