Real Madrid's star player Rafael van der Vaart honed his soccer skills in a caravan park Rafael van der Vaart Born: February 11, 1983 Chinese horoscope: Pig Nationality: Netherlands Club: Real Madrid Previous clubs: Ajax, Hamburger SV and De Kennemers Position: Attacking midfielder Squad number: 23 Speciality: free-kicks, all-round skills 10 things you need to know about him. 1 His nickname is Raffie but his fans prefer to call him 'Little Angel'. 2 He lived in a caravan until he was 17. He practised football tricks in the caravan park. 'It felt more like a house,' he says. 3 His mother Lolita comes from Spain, so he could play for the Spanish national team. His grandparents still live in Andalucia. 4 Brazilian Romario is his favourite soccer player. Van der Vaart is also a fan of Dutch journalist, Peter Rudolph de Vries. 5 Van der Vaart changed his squad number from 19 to 23 after teammate Wesley Sneijder took the number 10 jersey of former teammate Robinho. Robinho left Real Madrid for Manchester City in the English Premier League. 6 Van der Vaart has set up a charity called Villa Pardoes. It's a holiday home for seriously ill children. Check out www.villapardoes.nl . 7 He is a keen tennis fan. Pete Sampras is his tennis hero. 8 Orange, the colour of the Netherlands' national team, is his favourite colour. He also loves the TV series 24 and sushi. 9 Van der Vaart married Sylvie Meis in 2005. She is a leading Dutch actress, model and TV presenter. His first birthday present to Sylvie was an Ajax shirt with his name on the back. 10 He scored his first hat-trick for Real Madrid on September 24 this year. To watch the match go to www.youtube.com/watch?v=OigErfASMnw .