Dutch former midfielder known as a great tackler and ball-winner who played for the Netherlands national team from 2000-2012 and professionally for several clubs.
He began his youth career in 1985 with RKVV Maasbracht.
He was a free kick specialist during his time with PSV Eindhoven.
He has three children: Ruben, Renee, and Thomas.
He played for manager Frank Rijkaard at Barcelona.