Dutch Midfielder Wesley Sneijder Retires From Football At 35

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 has most recently been in Qatar, playing for Al-Gharafa.

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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.

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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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