Rafael van der Vaart picked a great 5-a-side Spurs team
Former Dutch international Rafael van der Vaart had some great moments during his time at Tottenham.
Van der Vaart spent a couple of seasons with us but was one of the most talented players in the side.
The 37-year-old played for Real Madrid, Hamburg, Ajax and a host of other clubs, and was asked to create his Spurs 5-a-side team. In a video posted by our club’s Twitter account, he said:
“It’s difficult. I was lucky to have played in a fantastic team. For goalkeeper, I will go with [Heurelho] Gomes.”
Van der Vaart explained that Gomes’ Spanish knowledge helped him communicate well with the Dutchman, and he also praised the Brazilian for being a fantastic goalkeeper.
The next player the Dutchman chose was Spurs legend, Ledley King. Van der Vaart highlighted something he remembered about King where the gaffer told him that the Englishman doesn’t train but he is a great defender, something the Dutchman agreed on.
“When he was on the pitch, he was one of the best guys.”
Another world beater joins the ranks
Van der Vaart’s next selection could be one of the best Premier League midfielders we ever had. The Dutchman went for current Real Madrid star Luka Modric and explained why.
“He was really important, when you are like a No.10, like I was, it was really important he was giving me the ball. That I don’t have to go to the defenders and pick it up.”
He also wanted to add himself into the team but picked his striker for the 5-a-side squad.
Van der Vaart named Peter Crouch as the forward and remembered the time he opened his account thanks to the lanky striker’s knock-on.
“He was for me really important. It was difficult to defend him.”
His final selection into the team was another top player that left Spurs a little soon. Gareth Bale was one of the best in the Premier League when he left for Real Madrid and any 5-a-side Spurs team would have him.
“When you have that pace, that quality. He was young at the time. I remember he was a full-back at the time that I came. Then he started doing well and we put him on the left side, it was unbelievable how quick he was.”
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This five-a-side would be amazing to watch. All the players had their moments in a Spurs shirt, but we could probably replace Gomes and Crouch with better options from our current squad.