Wesley Sneijder Has Announced His Retirement From Professional Football
Former Ajax, Real Madrid and Inter Milan midfielder Wesley Sneijder has announced his retirement from professional football.
The 35-year-old has confirmed he will now become an ambassador for Eredivisie side FC Utrecht ahead of the new 2019/20 campaign.
"My love for the city of Utrecht is great," he told the club's official website.
"We often talked about the possibility of me coming here, and now we've put this thing on paper. I'm looking forward to a great season!"
Sneijder, who reached a World Cup final with the Netherlands in 2010, made a record 134 caps for his country.
He scored 31 goals and 31 assists in that time and will go down as one of Holland's greatest ever players.
And on his final appearance for his country, organisers pulled out all the stops inside the Johan Cruyff Arena, creating a cozy living-room-style setting in the middle of the pitch.
His family watched on as goodwill messages played on the TV.
:flag_nl: What a send-off for @sneijder101010.
After playing his last game for @KNVB last night, he was seated on a sofa with his family to watch messages from former team-mates and managers. #WES134 pic.twitter.com/EexsUUOiTG
- Dugout Asia (@DugoutAsia) September 7, 2018
:flag_nl: KNVB Cup x 2
:flag_es: La Liga
:flag_it: Serie A
:flag_it: Coppa Italia x 2
:trophy: Champions League
:earth_africa: Club World Cup
:flag_tr: Super Lig x 2
:flag_tr: Turkish Cup x 3
:large_orange_diamond: World Cup runner-up
:large_orange_diamond: World Cup third place
:large_orange_diamond: Most Assists at Euro 2008
:raised_hands: Happy retirement, Wesley Sneijder. pic.twitter.com/PvHUMMZQhK
- bet365 (@bet365) August 12, 2019
Sneijder also won the Treble of a Scudetto, Coppa Italia and the Champions League with Inter Milan during perhaps the successful spell of his career in 2010.
Under the guidance of Jose Mourinho, who called him the perfect number 10, he was arguably one of the best midfielders in world football.
"Who is my perfect number 10? Wesley Sneijder and Deco. Because they could defend, get in the box and finish goals." said Mourinho a few years back.
"Who is my perfect number 10? Wesley Sneijder and Deco. Because they could defend, get in the box and finish goals."
- Jose Mourinho
Congratulations to Wesley Sneijder on an incredible career, enjoy your retirement. :punch:pic.twitter.com/4KdDCNf6YJ
- Football on BT Sport (@btsportfootball) August 12, 2019
The Dutchman also played for Ajax, Real Madrid, Galatasaray, Nice and most recent Qatar-based club Al-Gharafa.