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Ron is a Dutch footballer who plays as a centre back and captains Premier League club Aston Villa. Ron has regularly been acknowledged as one of the best defenders at the 2014 FIFA World Cup.

Ron was born in Hensbroek, North Holland. His mother, Margaret, was a handball player, while his father was an amateur football player. Vlaar has two younger sisters, Ellen and Lisan, who are both active in sports as well. Ellen is a gymnast and Lisan plays volleyball.

On 15 July 2012, travelled to Birmingham to hold talks with Aston Villa manager Paul Lambert with a view to a possible transfer. During Villa’s pre-season tour of the United States, however, Vlaar admitted that the deal was off and he would remain with Feyenoord. In another turn of events, it was then announced on 27 July that he would eventually be joining the Premier League side, as he had agreed personal terms and would sign for Villa subject to him passing a medical. On 1 August, Vlaar officially joined Aston Villa, signing a three-year contract. On 15 September, Vlaar was named captain for the 2012–13 season in the continued absence of club captain Stiliyan Petrov, as the Bulgarian battled cancer.

In the World Cup 2014 Vlaar played all seven matches,[31] in which he received much credit for leading the defence. The Netherlands did not lose any matches in the normal time, with the Vlaar-headed defence conceding four goals. In the semi-final against Argentina, Vlaar took the first penalty kick, after being one of the best players on the field throughout the official playing time. He however missed, just like Dutch midfielder Wesley Sneijder, which caused the Dutch to lose and face Brazil in the third-place play-off. After a 3–0 win over Brazil, the Netherlands won the bronze medal; Vlaar’s biggest achievement as a player for his national team. [source: Wikipedia]

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