Dutch footballer, Wesley Sneijder retires from football at 35

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Dutch footballer, Wesley Sneijder has retired from football, calling time on his distinguished 17-year career.

The 35-year-old who enjoyed spells at Ajax, Real Madrid, Inter Milan, and Galatasaray among others have most recently been in Qatar, playing for Al-Gharafa.

Sneijder, who was regarded as one of the best attacking midfielders in the world in his prime, began his career at Ajax before earning a move to Real Madrid in the summer of 2007.

The Dutchman contributed 11 goals and 11 assists in 66 appearances during his two seasons in Spain, winning a La Liga title before departing for Inter Milan following the signing of Cristiano Ronaldo.

At Inter, he won a treble under Jose Mourinho in 2010 before playing a huge role in Holland’s journey to the World Cup final that summer. He played a record 134 caps for the Netherlands and is also the player with the most assists for his country.

Sneijder spent three more years in Milan before playing for Galatasaray, Nice and finally Al-Gharafa.

SNEIJDER’S CAREER 

Ajax (02-07)

180 games, 58 goals, 45 assists

Real Madrid (07-09)

66 games, 11 goals, 11 assists

Inter Milan (09-13)

116 games, 22 goals, 35 assists

Galatasaray (13-17)

175 games, 45 goals, 44 assists

Nice (17-18)

8 games, 1 assist

Al Gharafa (18-19)

27 games, 16 goals, 6 assists

 

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