Dutch great Wesley Sneijder has decided to retire from football.
According to beIN.com, he has called time on his playing career. but struck a business deal to stay in football.
He has agreed to work in a business capacity with Dutch league side Utrecht.
The 35-year-old 18-month contract with Qatari side Al-Gharaf ended, and there has been no new paying deal struck.
The business agreement with Utrecht does contractually bind Sneijder to the club. But it is understood, this agreement is not in any playing capacity.
Sneijder himself said of the deal:
“I have a lot of love for this city.”
“Now that I’ve quit playing, I want a nice place to share my experiences.”
He joins Dutch compatriot and friend Arjen Robben in retiring this summer.
Greatest right winger with the best left foot the game has ever seen! Congratulations on your amazingly succesful career my friend. Happy retirement and enjoy Life off the pitch @ArjenRobben #Arjenbedankt #friendsforlife #SeeYouSoon pic.twitter.com/H7xkZZ87qX
— Wesley Sneijder (@sneijder101010) July 5, 2019
Sneijder made senior debut in Holland with Ajax in 2002.
He has played for an array of top European clubs.
He has had spells at RealMadrid, Inter Milan, Galatasary and Nice.
Perhaps his greatest achievements came in what Jose Mourinho described himself the other day as his greatest team.
He was part of the Inter Milan team that went on the win the treble.
The Scudetto, Coppa Italia and the Champions League.
He was widely acknowledged as one of the teams standout players, and a catalyst to the team’s success.
Sneijder player for the Dutch national team, 134 times, in an international career that spanned 15 years. He is the most capped Dutch player.
His international crowning moment came when he won the silver ball at the 2010 world cup. Where he and his Netherlands teammates came second. After losing the final to Spain.
Many believe that year should have seen him at least nominated as a top-three contender for the Balon d’Or.