Former Ajax, Inter Milan, and Everton midfielder Andy van der Meyde will be making his kickboxing debut in a match on April 9.
The player became famous during his time at Ajax during the 2000-2003 period where he played with talented youngsters such as Zlatan Ibrahimovic, Rafael van der Vaart and Wesley Sneijder. During his time with Ajax, he will make more than 70 appearances and scored 18 goals for them.
His performance with Ajax will allow him to capture the interest of bigger European clubs, and he will make the move to Inter Milan in the 2003-2004 seasons. He will go on and make 14 appearances for the Italian club while scoring 1 goal. In his second season, he will manage 18 appearances for Inter Milan, but his form will gradually decline.
In the summer of 2005, he will sign for Everton where he will make 10 appearances for the Merseyside club. However, Andy van der Meyde will suffer from several discipline issues as well as injuries that will prevent him from settling at the club. There will be rumors of alcoholism that will also surround him.
Everton fined Andy van der Meyde twice for breach of discipline because he missed training and this ultimately caused friction with the Everton manager, David Moyse. The latter was accused by Andy van der Meyde of spreading false rumors over his fitness. He will eventually be released in 2009 when his contract expired.
After a short stint with PSV Eindhoven, the player retired at the age of 31 and devoted himself to kickboxing. He stated that Kickboxing is tougher than football and requires more practice. He also added that he is nervous to enter the ring for the first time despite having played on some big football pitch during his career.