Wesley Sneijder who played for Ajax, Real Madrid, Inter Milan and the Netherlands among others in the past, retired after a 17-year career.

The Dutch made a record 134 times for the Netherlands on an international level and was also one of the backbones to the side that made it to the 2010 World Cup final against Spain.

Among Sneijderโ€™s career honours, there is one La Liga title with Real Madrid as well as a season treble with Inter Milan in 2010, where he won the Serie A, the Champions League and the Coppa Italia.

Sneijder has taken up a new role with his hometown club FC Utrecht.

“Now I’ve retired from football I want a nice place to share my memories. My connection to the town is big,” Sneijder told the Dutch club’s YouTube channel.

One of the best ever players to come out of Ajaxโ€™s youth system, Sneijder won the Eredivisie title and two Dutch Cups during his time in Amsterdam before he moved to Real Madrid for ยฃ23 million in 2007.

The former Real Madrid midfielder won the league title immediately after joining in his first season and his destination after the La Liga was Inter where he became a key figure in Jose Mourinhoโ€™s side able to win the treble in 2009/10 season.

In 2013, Sneijder moved to Galatasaray where he spent four years before he got a transfer to the last European club of his career, Nice in the Ligue 1.

He finished his professional football career playing at Al Gharafa in Qatar’s top-flight.

On the international stage, Sneijder collected a World Cup runners-up medal in 2010 in South Africa as the Oranje were beaten by Spain in the final.

His displays earned him the Silver Ball for the tournament’s second-best player behind Uruguay’s Diego Forlan and four years later he helped Louis van Gaal’s side finish third in Brazil.


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