WESLEY SNEIJDER is clearly enjoying his retirement after being spotted looking a far cry from his former self as he attended Utrecht’s Eredivisie clash against VVV-Venlo.
The 35-year-old only retired two weeks ago, but after years of strict diet restrictions, the Dutch legend couldn’t weight any longer to enjoy some good food.
Sneijder has returned to his hometown club Utrecht where he has taken up a director role.
But he didn’t prove to be a lucky charm as John van den Brom’s side lost 2-1 against VVV after Evert Linthorst netted a first half double.
The ex-Inter Milan ace played in a friendly clash on Saturday for Holland’s Ex-Internationals against amateur side DHSC.
Fans were in shock after seeing Sneijder’s change in appearance so soon after hanging up his boots after 17-years as a professional.
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One person tweeted: “20 years of food restrictions, I’d get as fat as possible.”
Another quipped: “Man retired 12 August. How has this already happened.”
A third added: “No joke, he would walk into Manchester United’s midfield like this.”
While one simply stated: “How did he get that beer belly so quick wtf?”
Sneijder last played for Qatari side Al-Gharafa where he netted seven times in 12 games in the 2018/19 season.
But he has spoken of his excitement at linking up with Utrecht for the first time in his career.
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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
- Süper Lig: 2012–13, 2014–15
- Turkish Cup: 2013–14, 2014–15, 2015–16
- Turkish Super Cup: 2013, 2015, 2016
He said: “My love for the city of Utrecht is tremendous and I have a very good relationship with [club owner] Frans van Seumeren.
“We’ve always talked about working together and now we’ve put those words into action.
“I’m expecting a great season at the Stadion Galgenwaard.”
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