The big interview: Rafael van der Vaart – "Yes, Zlatan threatened to break my legs – but he did that to everyone..."

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Photo: Kasper Sveistrup Povlsen

Photography:Kasper Sveistrup Povlsen

Van der Vaart announced his retirement on November 5, 2018 after an injury-hit spell with Danish side Esbjerg. "I just have to stop now. I'm not here to rehabilitate, but to play football," he said. "I would have wanted to become a football grandpa, but that is not the case. I can only be grateful for all the years I was allowed to play football."

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