Wesley Sneijder ends global career

Erica Murray
March 7, 2018

Wesley Sneijder, on Sunday, announced his retirement from global football, thus ending his 15-year long career with the Netherlands national team.

The 33-year-old, now plying his trade with Al Gharafa in Qatar, confirmed his retirement on Twitter after meeting new national head coach Ronald Koeman, who said he wanted to promote the next generation of Dutch footballers.

"In addition, I understand that Koeman wants to make a new beginning with other, younger players".

Sneijder, 33, now plies his trade with Qatari club Al Gharafa.

"We spoke about this openly in a friendly discussion and I respect his decision".

Sneijder has always been a key to Dutch successes.

He made his debut in 2003 and was a World Cup runner-up in South Africa in 2010. After its final spot at the 2010 World Cup, the Netherlands reached the semifinals four years later in Brazil but since then has failed to qualify for the 2016 European Championship in France and this year's World Cup in Russian Federation.

In club football he starred for Ajax, Real Madrid and above all Inter Milan, with whom he won a Serie A, Italian Cup and Champions League treble in 2010.

"Wesley is one of the best Dutch internationals in recent years, an awesome player with a great attitude", Koeman said. 'A great player with a great presence on the field. "I respect his choice". Together with striker Robin van Persie, they made up an influential trio around which successive Dutch coaches could build successful teams.

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