On Monday (12th August), the 35-year-old former Dutch attacking midfielder Wesley Sneijder has announced his retirement from professional football.
In the last September, Wesley Sneijder retired from international football. He was the most-capped international player for his country as he appeared in 134 matches where he scored 31 goals. He served for the Netherlands national football team from 2003 to 2018.
In the FIFA World Cup 2010 in South Africa, Sneijder played a massive role for his nation to finish as the runners-up. He won the Silver Ball and Bronze Boot in that tournament. The Netherlands were also the third-placed side in the FIFA World Cup 2014 in Brazil.
Wesley Sneijder served for many top clubs
The Dutch club Ajax academy footballer Wesley Sneijder served for Ajax from January 2003 to August 2007. He appeared in 180 matches for this side where he scored 58 goals and also assisted 45 times. He helped Ajax to win the Dutch premier division league Eredivisie 2003/04.
Sneijder joined for the Spanish giants Real Madrid in 2007 summer and played till August 2009. In his first season (2007/08), Madrid won the La Liga. Sneijder appeared in 66 matches for this club where he scored 11 times and assisted 11 times.
Italian club Inter Milan bought him in 2009 summer, where he served till January 2013. He had a very successful journey with that club. Apart from winning the Serie A 2009/10, Inter Milan won the UEFA Champions League 2009/10, FIFA Club World Cup 2010 etc. In this club, Sneijder served in 116 matches where he scored 22 goals and assisted 35 times.
From early 2013 to mid-2017, Sneijder played for the Turkish side Galatasaray. He appeared in 175 times for this club where he netted 45 times and assisted 44 more times. During that tenure, the Turkish club won two Super Ligs in 2012/13 and 2014/15 along with the other domestic trophies.
Later, Sneijder also served for the French Ligue 1 club OGC Nice for almost five months where he appeared in eight games.
Since the 2018 Winter, Sneijder played for the Qatari club Al Gharafa. After finishing his 18-month contract with this club last month, Sneijder had no club. Finally, on Monday, the former Netherlands star Sneijder announced his retirement from professional football.
The Dutch legend will now watch FC Utrecht’s matches from a private box
Sneijder has recently signed a contract with FC Utrecht, a first division club of his home city, to participate in their business club. In this new season (2019/20), the former Dutch attacking-midfielder will watch Utrecht’s matches from a private box.