Rafael van der Vaart earned €1.6m from the strangest clause in his contract

When Tottenham Hotspur signed, Rafael van der Vaart, to accompany Luka Modric and Gareth Bale in, probably, their best ever Premier League squad, it gave all us Football Manager addicts a smile.

RvD was a must have purchase on any game during his younger years, and that of course transitioned to forming an opinion of him in real life.

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The Dutchman became something of a fan favourite during his time at White Hart Lane, but like all of the top level Netherlands players, RvD is stupid when it comes to making sensible career moves.

Honestly, what is wrong with the boys in orange? Yeah, Wesley Sneijder, we are looking at you; top of your game at Inter Milan, so what’s the next logical move? Galatasaray, of course.

Random moves are a speciality for van der Vaart, with the journeyman currently residing in Denmark, playing for FC Midtjylland. However, prior to joining the team with the hardest name to spell in football, the former Real Madrid man popped up back in La Liga with Real Betis – odd, right?!

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In order to get his ‘dream’ move back to Spain and to Betis, van der Vaart had to agree to one slightly odd contract clause request from the club; he couldn’t wear red boots.

And it’s a bit small-minded from the La Liga outfit as to why, it’s because bitter rivals Sevilla are associated with the colour rouge.

Who knew the former Spurs man had a penchant for red boots? But it clearly hindered his time at the Estadio Benito Villamarín, making just seven appearances for the green and white stripes before taking his €1.6million earned from not wearing red boots to Denmark.

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