Rafael Ferdinand van der Vaart is a Dutch footballer who plays for Real Betis .
- The Amsterdam team gave him the ‘talent of the year’ title in 1999 and he played his first away game with Ajax-1 in 2000 at the tender age of 17.
- The honourable ‘Golden Boy’ title as European talent of the year followed in 2003.
- The all-round footballer is also playing an increasingly more important role in the Dutch national team as a result of his clever game. Not particularly surprising if you have played 90 international matches and secured 17 goals in just eleven years.