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Watch: Wesley Sneijder Rolls Back The Years With Unreal Free-Kick

Watch: Wesley Sneijder Rolls Back The Years With Unreal Free-Kick

Wesley Sneijder has always been renowned as one of the best free-kick takers in the business and that has not gone away despite the Dutchman not getting any younger.

The 33-year old signed with Qatari side Al Gharafa on an 18-month contract in January, cutting short his very brief stint in Ligue One with Nice. He only managed four league games in France.

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However, in his new adventure in the Middle East, where he plays alongside former Manchester City winger Vladimir Weiss and Chile international Luis Jimenez, he's displayed the mercurial talents that made him one of the world's best attacking midfielders in his pomp.

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And in his latest match against Qatar SC, the former Netherlands international well and truly rolled back the years with a virtuoso display.

Sneijder capped off a stunning hat-trick with a trademark free-kick right into the top bins.

Whether he was playing for Ajax, Real Madrid, Inter Milan, Galatasaray or the Dutch national team, Manchester United's 'one that got away' could always be relied upon in dead-ball situations and he proved that again today with some superb power and placement.

It's the second sublime effort in a couple months for Sneijder. In February playing against Al Khor in a 2-1 win for his side, Sneijder planted a belter of a free-kick into the top corner from just outside the box.

Sneijder, who many believe should have won the Ballon d'Or in 2010 given his heroics for Jose Mourinho's treble-winning side, revealed he had the chance to join Liverpool but turned them down in favour of Galatasaray because he wanted to win trophies.

"Many clubs wanted to know when I was leaving Inter, and Liverpool was one of those clubs, so people were surprised I chose Galatasaray," he said in an interview, via Liverpool Echo.

"Why Galatasaray and not Liverpool? But I am a winner, I play for prizes, so I went to Galatasaray because I thought that I would win more at Galatasaray and be champion than at Liverpool, and I think afterwards that I made the right choice.

Topics: Football News, Football, Manchester United, Ajax, Qatar, Wesley Sneijder, Real Madrid, Inter Milan

Josh Lawless

Josh is a sports journalist who specialises in football and wrestling. He has been published by Curzon Ashton FC, Late Tackle, Manchester City FC, The Mirror, Read Man City and Manchester Evening News. He provides coverage of professional wrestling and has interviewed some of the biggest names in the field - including the first UK interview with The Hardy Boyz after their return to WWE. He has never sported a pair of Lonsdale Slip-ons, contrary to reports.

 

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