Date of Birth:16/02/1985
Height:6' 2" (189cm)
Weight:12st 6lbs (79.0kg)
Previous Clubs:Feyenoord, AZ Alkmaar, AZ Alkmaar
Affectionately known as 'Concrete Ron', Vlaar wears the captain's armband at Villa Park and is a vital part of the Villa defence.
He was rightly lauded for his outstanding displays in Holland's 2014 World Cup campaign where Louis van Gaal's men finished third.
Vlaar joined Villa from Feyenoord in August 2012 and was made club captain a month later.
The centre-back's first ever Villa goal, a 30-yard shot, came in a 6-1 demolition of Sunderland.
In equally spectacular fashion, his second goal, a half-volley from just inside the area came away at Wigan Athletic in a 2-2 draw.
In 2006, Vlaar was part of The Netherlands UEFA European U21 Football Championship where the Dutch lifted the trophy for the first time in their history.
A year later, the Dutch retained the trophy with Vlaar as skipper.
A real fans' favourite, 6ft 2in Vlaar will be able to utilise his experience for this season - on and off the field.
Ron Vlaar's away shirt is sponsored by Shakespeare Pharma.
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