He had won league titles in every country in which he competed, as well as domestic cups, the Intercontinental Cup, the Club World Cup, and four Champions Leagues. “When I was watching the 1986 World Cup with my dad, he had to take me outside and calm me down after Brazil lost to France,” Seedorf told FIFA’s official website. However, after arriving in 2012 in the middle of Brazil’s season – when Botafogo would go on to finish a modest seventh – in his first full campaign, Seedorf’s influence was there for all to see. Seedorf, labelled “o craque” by Globoesporte, scored the final goal and tearfully embraced De Oliveira as he was substituted late on. She looks even better in black. 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Seedorf embraced his role of elder statesman while maintaining his performance levels. Botafogo had tried to sign the Dutchman 12 months previously, and upon finally landing his man, president Mauricio Assuncao described Seedorf as the greatest foreign player to ever sign for a Brazilian club. Instead, Seedorf chose to join Botafogo, the least fashionable of Rio de Janeiro’s four major clubs after Fluminense, Flamengo and Vasco Da Gama. “I was able to work closely with the coaching staff there, too – doing a lot of work with the analytical team, individual analysis, game analysis. One isn’t necessarily better than the other, but I certainly feel closer to the Brazilian way.”. Luviana is Brazilian. Seedorf is a former Dutch international and is the only player that has won the Champions League with three different clubs (Ajax, Real Madrid and twice with Milan). “He’s the greatest foreign player to ever sign for a Brazilian club,” he told Reuters. Speaking about the midfielder’s influence, teenage defender Doria, who joined Marseille in 2014, told Sportskeeda: “It’s fantastic to have Seedorf leading us. It seems a shame that Seedorf never got to help Botafogo in the Copa Libertadores, but in another sense, this was a fitting end. He has also made money from endorsements and a short-lived managerial career. A month later, he was named head coach of AC Milan. Announcing the end of his playing career, Seedorf told a press conference: “I’m retiring with tranquillity. His wife, Luviana, is Brazilian, and he learned to speak Portuguese while at Real Madrid after rooming with Roberto Carlos. He is a guy with a winning spirit and his presence lifts us, increasing our will to win. Clarence’s grandfather, Frederick, was the son of a slave liberated by his German master, from whom he took the surname Seedorf. “I’ve been privileged, from a young age, to live football around the world. His wife, Luviana, is Brazilian, and he can speak fluent Portuguese. We think he's worth about 60 million Euros. The experiences that gives you are invaluable. It was tough, but I was committed as I knew it was taking me somewhere.”, Seedorf’s coaching career may not have developed since in the manner in which he would have hoped, but there’s no doubt that his swansong at Botafogo was a fitting end to an incredible playing career. Pass the ball back, keep it moving.’ It’s a different mindset. Plus, growing up, the Selecao had a profound effect on him. “Brazil was experiencing an economic boom at the time and, with considerable investment from sponsors, clubs were able to bring in a whole host of big names from abroad and repatriate Brazilians who were playing elsewhere.”. He played in some of the biggest clubs in the world, including Real Madrid and Ajax, but made a name for himself with AC Milan in Italy. While he was largely showered with affection by supporters, he did feel their wrath on one occasion as the squad were confronted and egged by angry fans after returning from a 2-1 defeat at Internacional. Austere and driven, he was intent on gaining new experience and assuming a senior role in an up-and-coming team that would aid his transition to management. Botafogo was his sixth club, joining an elite cadre that included Ajax, Sampdoria, Real Madrid, Inter and Milan. He helps us on and off the pitch.”. (Image: imgur.com) Clarence Seedorf Wife - Luviana: The couple has been married for a while and has four children together. Clarence can speak six languages: Dutch, English, Italian, Portuguese, Spanish, and Surinamese. “I was crying with anger, because it was Zico’s last tournament. Leaving the pitch after being substituted late on, Seedorf embraced De Oliveira in tears in what would turn out to be his farewell appearance. “In terms of the position I played, the freedom and creativity I felt on the pitch, and the simple appreciation of playing football.”. Discover everything you want to know about a players’ girlfriend or wife, their salaries or the tattoos that are inked on their bodies. He was born in Suriname, the Dutch colony which shares a border with the north of Brazil, and lived there until he moved to Holland with his family as a toddler.