Date of birth
The Rotterdam-born winger started his career when he joined Feyenoord’s youth system at the age of 13. But then after disciplinary issues with the Dutch club, he fell out with the manager Marcel Bout.
Fortunately for Drenthe, the director of football at Feyenoord had a liking for the winger’s talent and resolved the issues so he could keep the Dutchman at the club.
He went on to break into the first team, making 29 appearances before a £14 million move to Real Madrid came around in 2007.
Drenthe joined Madrid alongside Wesley Sneijder, and made his debut in a 1-1 draw against Sevilla in the Spanish Supersup, scoring the equaliser with an outrages 40 yard strike that crept in off the underside of the bar.
He was a regular in his debut season with the club but after falling outs at the training ground and getting on the wrong side of some of the fans, he moved out on loan to Hércules and then Everton throughout the 2010/12 seasons.
When his contract expired with Madrid, Drenthe switched La Liga for the Russian League, joining Alania Vladikavkaz in February the following year.
In his six appearances with the Russian side, the adept winger managed to bag himself a hat-trick during a 3-1 win over relegation rivals Mordovia Saransk.
Royston’s skill and big personality attracted Reading chairman Anton Zingarevich as he signed for our Berkshire club in June 2013.
He’d have to wait almost a year to make his impact with the Royals, scoring his first goal in a 1-1 draw with Brighton, cutting in from the right and firing low past the keeper. His second goal came the succeeding game when his free-kick helped Reading to a 4-2 win over Leeds.
After complications with the club Drenthe left on loan for Sheffield Wednesday before moving out of England to Turkey to play in the Süper Lig for Kayseri Erciyesspor, aged 27.