Former professional football player David Mendes da Silva (40) arrested

The born Rotterdammer with Cape Verdean roots made his debut in 2000 in the main squad of Sparta.

Mendes da Silva then played for Ajax, NAC Breda, AZ, Red Bull Salzburg and Panathinaikos and ended his career at the age of 34 in 2017 with Sparta.

With AZ he celebrated the national title in the Netherlands in 2009, at Red Bull Salzburg he took the Austrian ‘double’.

He made his debut with the Dutch national team in February 2007 in the match against Russia.

Mendes da Silva played seven times for the Dutch national team.