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You won’t guess Rafael van der Vaart’s next club in 100 attempts

The Dutch maestro currently plays for Midtjylland in Denmark but is being heavily linked with a move to Indonesia

You owe it to yourself to indulge in some Rafael van der Vaart nostalgia.

Few players have ever struck a ball more sweetly than the Dutch midfielder and his inventive playmaking has always made him a joy to behold.

File him under ‘players you’d pay to watch’

Graham Hughes - The Times
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File him under ‘players you’d pay to watch’

We have grown accustomed to players of such majesty finishing their careers outside of Europe, whether it be in MLS, Australia or China.

But Van der Vaart is set to jump on football’s latest fashionable retirement home.

The 34-year-old is being heavily linked with a move to Indonesian club Bali United.

You may be aware that Bali United don’t quite have the same prestigious history as Real Madrid… yet

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You may be aware that Bali United don’t quite have the same prestigious history as Real Madrid… yet

The former Ajax, Hamburg, Real Madrid, Spurs and Real Betis player is currently on FC Midtjylland’s books in Denmark but is being chased by Bali, according to local news outlet, Bolasport.

Michael Essien, Carlton Cole, Didier Zokora, Peter Odemwingie and Mohamed Sissoko have all made their way east in recent times.

Bali president Pieter Tanuri has teased fans by admitting the club are lining up a high-profile signing of their own.

“We’ve got some players lined up who I think are excellent,” he said.

“We do not want to announce anything yet as we are concerned about competition, but the time to announce them will be exciting.”

What a left peg

Times Newspapers Ltd
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What a left peg

Van der Vaart is regarded as one of the most naturally talented Dutch players of all time.

As a teenager he was compared to Johan Cruyff in the Netherlands and in 2003 he was named as the inaugural winner of the Golden Boy award.

Injuries sadly stunted his career somewhat and his trophy cabinet does not reflect his ability — his post-Ajax honours consist of just two Intertoto Cups with Hamburg and a Spanish Supercup with Real Madrid.

He scored 25 goals in 109 caps for Netherlands, putting him behind just Wesley Sneijder, Edwin van der Sar and Frank de Boer in the all-time Dutch appearance list.

We considered moving to Denmark BUT we’re definitely moving to Bali…

Reuters
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We considered moving to Denmark BUT we’re definitely moving to Bali…

Now, to YouTube for some of VDV’s best goals…


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