The 35-year-old midfielder, Wesley Sneijder announce his retirement from football after 17 years career. He played for top clubs such as Real Madrid and Inter Milan.

Wesley Sneijder

The Netherlands most-crowned player, announced his retirement from football on Monday. He pulled down the curtains on a 17-year trophy-laden career.

The 35-year-old who played a Dutch record 134 times for his country let out his announcement while speaking to his hometown club FC Utrecht YouTube channel. This was after having bought a corporate box at their stadium. He said, “My connection to the town is big. Now I’ve retired from football I want a nice place to share my memories”.

Wesley Sneijder Achievements

Sneijder had made his first international debut in 2003 at the age of 19. He picked up a World Cup runners-up medal in 2010. The dominant Spain beat the Dutch 1-0 on extra time in the South Africa world cup 2010 final.

His exhibits obtained him the Silver Ball for the tournament’s second-best player behind Uruguay’s Diego Forlan.

Later in Brazil, after four years, he took up the third position after missing a penalty in the semi-final shoot-out loss to Argentina.  Despite his team’s quarter-final exit at the Russian hands, Wesley Sneijder was named in the Euro 2008 Team of the Tournament.

The legend’s run to 2010 final with the Netherlands came a while after his finest season in club football, as the number 10 led Inter Milan’s charge to a Serie A, Coppa Italia and Champions League treble under Jose Mourinho.

The Ajax academy graduate, Wesley Sneijder won the two Dutch Cups in Amsterdam and Eredivisie title during his five years in the capital club’s first team. This had happened before he switched to Real Madrid for £23m in 2007 where he linked up with countryman Arjen Robben.

The player won the La Liga title in 2008 before a year later making a move to Inter Milan where he won the famous treble before a succession of injuries saw him move on to Gala. Here, Wesley Sneijder picked up two more league titles and three Turkish Cups within four years.

Final Thought

Sturdy but short, blessed with excellent balance, Wesley Sneijder was an exciting sight with the ball at his feet. He had a superb range of passing and was genuinely two-footed, with a powerful shot from a distance. His only weaknesses, just to mention were an aversion to defensive duties and quite some bad luck with injuries.

Wesley Sneijder ended his playing career at Al Gharafa in Qatar’s top-flight. He returned to his city of birth, Utrecht, for a media role with the club.