Holland legend Wesley Sneijder retires from football aged 35 after stunning 17-year career

By | 13th August 2019

HOLLAND legend Wesley Sneijder has called time on his illustrious career.

The 35-year-old has announced his retirement from the game after leaving Qatari club Al-Gharafa.

Wesley Sneijder has called time on his illustrious career
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Wesley Sneijder lifted the Champions League in 2010 with Inter Milan

Sneijder enjoyed a trophy-laden spell in the game and remains Holland’s most-capped player having made 134 appearances for his country.

He guided his side to a World Cup runners-up spot in 2010 but what silverware he failed to win at international level, he certainly made up for it in club football.

Like many of the game’s greats, Sneijder was a product of the famous Ajax academy and enjoyed five full seasons in the senior side.

He would win his first piece of silverware in 2004 when Ajax were crowned Eredivisie champions.

Two domestic cups would follow before earning a move to Real Madrid in 2007.

Despite winning the La Liga title, Sneijder struggled to live up to his high expectations and joined Inter Milan two years later.

It was there, under Jose Mourinho, where he would enjoy his most successful spell in his career.

In his first season at the San Siro, he was part of the famous treble-winning side that were crowned European champions.

Sneijder scored a crucial goal in the semi-finals before supplying Diego Milito for the opener in the final.

He ended up winning six trophies with Inter and made 122 appearances before moving to Galatasaray in 2013.

Another five major trophies would follow and in the twilight of his career he would move to Nice and eventually Al-Gharafa.

Wesley Sneijder's career

Ajax – 2002-07

  • Eredivisie: 2003–04
  • KNVB Cup: 2005–06, 2006–07
  • Johan Cruyff Shield: 2006

Real Madrid – 2007-09

  • La Liga: 2007–08

Inter Milan – 2009-13

  • Serie A: 2009–10
  • Coppa Italia: 2009–10, 2010–11
  • Supercoppa Italiana: 2010
  • UEFA Champions League: 2009–10
  • FIFA Club World Cup: 2010

Galatasaray 2013-17

  • Süper Lig: 2012–13, 2014–15
  • Turkish Cup: 2013–14, 2014–15, 2015–16
  • Turkish Super Cup: 2013, 2015, 2016


His personal accolades would include being named in the Euro 2008 Team of the Tournament where he also won Goal of the Tournament and was top assist provider.

He will now take up a new role with his hometown club FC Utrecht.

Speaking of his retirement he told the Dutch club’s YouTube channel: “Now I’ve retired from football I want a nice place to share my memories. My connection to the town is big.”

This post written by Richard Forrester originally appeared on Football news - transfers, fixtures, scores, pictures | The Sun. Read the full post here.

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