Rafael van der Vaart retired from football in 2018, and made his debut in professional darts at the BDO Denmark Open on Saturday.
Rafael van der Vaart made a winning start to his professional darts career at the Denmark Open on Saturday.
Former Real Madrid and Tottenham playmaker Van der Vaart retired from football in 2018 following a brief spell at Danish club Esbjerg, outlining his intention to take up darts professionally.
And, having joined the British Darts Association (BDO) circuit in April, the 36-year-old made his debut at the Denmark Open, coincidentally held in Esbjerg.
The former Netherlands international got his pro career off to a victorious start, beating Thomas Andersen 4-2 in the first round.
— Rafael van der Vaart (@rafvdvaart) May 4, 2019
“A fun morning at the Denmark Open,” Van der Vaart tweeted. “Really looking forward to my next match tomorrow!”