Wesley Sneijder retires from football

Wesley Sneijder retires from football

Former Netherlands, Real Madrid and Inter Milan midfielder Wesley Sneijder has announced his retirement from football.

Having graduated from the Ajax youth system and given his senior debut in the team by Ronald Koeman in 2002, he was to make 17 league appearances in his debut season and went on to represent his boyhood club 180 times before moving to Real Madrid in 2007/08 season.

Inheriting the 23 shirt from David Beckham, he scored on his debut against Atletico Madrid and contributed to the title win in his first term at the Bernabeu.

He was sold to Inter Milan and became a vital part of the Jose Mourinho side that won a 2009-2010 treble of Serie A, the Champions League, and the Coppa Italia.

There was plenty more silverware to come for Sneijder in Turkey with Galatasaray before he finished his club career in Qatar via a dud spell at Nice.

At the international level, he is Holland’s most-capped player and was a World Cup runner-up in 2010 and a third-place medal holder from 2014.

He returns to Utrecht, the city of his birth, for a media role with the club.