Wesley Sneijder put an end to his impressive career as a professional football player on Monday. We look back on his career with ten photos.
After eleven years in the youth academy of Ajax, the big moment for Sneijder follows on 2 February 2003: he makes his debut in the Amsterdam squad's main force. Sneijder grows into the creative brain and deserves a transfer to Real Madrid.
His good performances at Ajax also attract the attention of coach Dick Advocaat. On 30 April 2003, Sneijder's lawyer lets Portugal debut for the Dutch national team in a friendly game against Portugal. The midfielder replaces Phillip Cocu after the break.
Sneijder has a blast at Real Madrid. He scores in his first league match against arch-rival Atlético Madrid. After two years he is the main victim of a metamorphosis that the administration of Real Madrid wants to implement.
Internazionale sees a lot of money in Sneijder and takes it on for 15 million euros in 2009. Under trainer José Mourinho he gets a free role and the playmaker pays off his trust. In his debut season he wins the Champions League and the 'Scudetto'.
At the 2010 World Cup in Brazil, Sneijder grew to be the eye-catcher of Orange. He scores five times, including the winning header in the quarterfinals against Brazil. It just isn't enough for the world title. Spain is too strong in the final after an extension.
After 3.5 years, Internazionale wants to get rid of Sneijder, because he does not agree with a salary reduction. Galatasaray offers a lifebuoy. Sneijder thus disappears from the top of football and opts for a lucrative adventure in Turkey. He earns 4 million euros per year from 2012 to January 2017.
During his stay with Galatasaray, Sneijder ends up on a side-track with Orange. National coach Louis van Gaal thinks Sneijder is not trained. With the help of a personal trainer, Utrechter fights for the 2014 World Cup in Brazil, where he is third.
OGC Nice is the next stop in his football career in the summer of 2017, because Galatasaray wants to rejuvenate. The stay in France is a blast wedding. Sneijder starts with a training delay and cannot live up to the high expectations.
Sneijder will choose eggs for his money in January 2018 and move from Nice to Qatar, where he will play for Al-Gharafa. On December 2, 2018, he will play his last game in the club's shirt. It now appears to be his last match in his professional career.
Sneijder will close its Orange book on 6 September 2018. In the exhibition international against Peru, he plays his 134th international match, with which he goes as a record international of the Dutch national team.