The 35-year-old has called time on his playing career three months into his spell at Danish club Esbjerg fB after issues with his fitness
Rafael van der Vaart has announced his retirement from football after suffering a new injury.
The Dutchman has enjoyed a stellar career, playing for the likes of Ajax, Real Madrid and Tottenham.
However, he was forced to quit early into what would be his final season as a professional after suffering another fitness issue training with Danish club Esbjerg fB.
On his retirement, he said: “I do need to stop now. I am not here just to rehabilitate but to play football. Otherwise I would lose all fun and I want to preempt that moment.
“I would have loved to become a granddad while playing football, but unfortunately that is unattainable.
“I can only be grateful at this moment for all those years in which I could play football.”
“I managed to win trophies and played for championships, both with my clubs, the Dutch national team, and as an individual.
“In all those years I have played with and against so many great players in the most beautiful stadiums. I could never have dreamt that as a little boy.”
Below you can see some of Van der Vaart’s career highlights.
Although he only played for Spurs for two years (2010-12) he is still viewed as a fan favourite – with some even labelling him as a club legend.
And after hearing the news of his retirement, these Spurs fans took to Twitter to reminisce about their former player. Below you can see the best tweets.