Rafael - Becks is still class
Tottenham playmaker Rafael van der Vaart believes David Beckham is still a world star.
Last Updated: 29/01/11 1:19pm
Tottenham playmaker Rafael van der Vaart claims David Beckham is still a world star.
The former England captain is training with the North London club before rejoining LA Galaxy for the new MLS season, which starts in March.
And Van der Vaart believes the 35-year-old still holds more prestige than the likes of Cristiano Ronaldo and Lionel Messi.
He told The Sun: "David Beckham is class, no one has a right foot like Beckham.
"(Cristiano) Ronaldo has everything but Beckham is a world star who's greater than anyone.
"Messi will never be as big as Beckham, even though he is one of the best players at this time.
"Beckham is more than football. He is handsome, a good businessman and he has all the glamour.
"Yet when he sits next to you in the dressing room he's just an ordinary guy. He's very kind, very normal and a lovely chap."
The Dutch star also has revealed he is a huge fan of the club's old-fashioned traditions.
The £8million summer signing from Real Madrid prefers Spurs' Chase Lodge training camp and would rather the North London club keep the current facilities rather than build a new modern training ground.
"The locker rooms here - they remind me of my old amateur football club," he said.
"There are wobbly wooden benches and you have to stand with your back pressed against the shower pipe or you don't have any warm water after three seconds.
"But I love all of it.
"And I know there are plans to build a new hyper-modern training ground, but they don't have to if it is up to me."
Van der Vaart, 27, is also shocked that the club's youth players clean the boot of the first team squad.
He revealed: "The young guys here still polish the boots of the players who play regularly.
"When I was a reserve at Ajax that was never ever an option for me.
"Just imagine if Aron Winter was asking me to polish his boots! I would ask him if he had lost his mind.
"But here it is still a tradition."