JAKARTA, NETRALNEWS.COM - Former Dutch national football player Wesley Sneijder has announced his decision to hang up his shoes or retire from football after a career of 17 years in the sport. He made his retirement announcement on Monday (12/08/2019) through the official Youtube channel of FC Utrecht, his hometown club.
"I have a strong relationship with this city. Now I have retired from football and I want a good place to share my memory," Sneijder said, as quoted by AFP on Tuesday (08/13/2019).
Sneijder, now 35, has played 134 times for the Dutch national team.
He last played with Al Gharafa in the Qatar domestic league. After his contract ended and declared retirement, he now joins the FC Utrecht management team.
Sneijder's track record includes World Cup runner-up titles as well as trophies in the Champions League, La Liga and Serie A.
The midfielder underwent a successful season with Real Madrid, Inter Milan and Galatasaray after graduating from the Ajax academy in 2002.
Together with the Dutch national team, Sneijder felt the bitterness of losing to Spain in the 2010 World Cup final, and also losing to Argentina in the last four at the World Cup four years later.
Sneijder finally chose to retire from the international football last year.