Wesley Sneijder’s Intro
Wesley Sneijder, who is considered one of the best midfielders during his football career, is a Dutch retired footballer who became famous for his amazing soccer skills that were shown at Ajax, Real Madrid, Inter Milan and Galatasaray. He was most renowned for his time with Real Madrid and Inter Milan where he lifted several trophies including the UEFA Champions League and FIFA Club World Cup. He ended up hanging his boots after two football seasons with Al-Gharafa, a Qatar Stars League football club. Wesley Sneijder was inducted into Inter Milan’s Hall of Fame in 2021 following his amazing career with the Italian club. In this article, we will be talking about Wesley Sneijder’s net worth as well as his football career.
Wesley Sneijder Age & Career
Wesley Sneijder was born on the 9th of June 1984 in Utrecht to Barry and Sylvia Sneijder. His family has a thing for football as his father, Barry, was also a former football player as well as his older brother Jeffery and younger brother Rodney, who is currently a professional football player.
Sneijder started his football career at the age of seven when he moved to Ajax’s youth academy and he began as a youth player with Utrecht club DOS. Ajax was impressed enough with his talent to sign him permanently. However, his official debut for the Dutch giants only happened on the 2nd of February 2003 in a 6-0 victory against Willem II.
He quickly established himself as a pivotal figure in Ajax’s first team and even made the starting lineup for their Champions League game against AC Milan in April 2003. His first goal for the Dutch giants came in a 4-1 victory against FC Groningen in the KNVB Cup. His first Eredivisie goal was scored in a 3-0 win against NAC Breda and the rest was history. He represented Ajax for five seasons before he was sold to Spanish giants Real Madrid for €27 million in the summer of 2007.
On his debut for Real Madrid, he scored his first goal in a Madrid derby against Atletico Madrid. He went on to score two goals against Villarreal that season as well as a stunning free-kick that became a highlight of that campaign. His appearance proved to be vital for Real Madrid that season as they went on to win the La Liga title. Sneijder spent only two seasons with Real Madrid before he ended up at Inter Milan in 2009.
He made his debut in the Milan derby against AC Milan, a game in which his impact was felt as it ended in a 4-0 victory in Inter’s favour. His first goal for the club came in the 92nd minute against Udinese to secure a 2-1 win. His first season for Inter Milan was a very successful one and he was nicknamed “The Sniper” for his perfect passes and his long-distance goals which helped the Italian giants win the Serie A, Coppa Italia and the UEFA Champions League in his debut season. He went on to represent Inter for four campaigns before moving to Turkish club Galatasaray where he lifted two Super Lig titles, three Turkish Cups and three Turkish Super Cup titles. After five seasons with the Turkish club, he had a short spell with Ligue 1 club Nice before moving to Qatar to join Al-Gharafa for two seasons. He hung his football boots in 2019.
Wesley Sneijder’s Net Worth & Salary
While Wesley Sneijder was quite popular during his football career, he didn’t manage to generate much wealth compared to other famous footballers like David Villa. Wesley Sneijder’s net worth is currently estimated to be around $2 million. Maybe, but maybe if Sneijder didn’t get drunk on fame at Real Madrid, his net worth would be more than this and he will be more achieved in the football world.
He was previously the then-most expensive player when Real Madrid paid $27 million to Ajax for his services. He is still regarded as one of the best midfielders to have graced the football pitch. Sneijder is currently teaching newbies about the art of football.
Wesley Sneijder Jersey Number
Sneijder was quite synonymous with the number 10 jersey, but he only started wearing the jersey number in his last season with Ajax and Real Madrid. Throughout his career, Wesley Sneijder has put on the number 4, 8, 10, 14, 15, 16, 18, 20 and 23 jersey shirt for both country and club. He wore the number 10 jersey in his four seasons with Inter Milan as well as his two campaigns with Al-Gharafa SC.
Wesley Sneijder’s Wife & Children
Wesley Sneijder first got married to Ramona Streekstra back in June 2005. However, that marriage only lasted three years as the couple filed for a divorce as Streekstra grew tired of his partying lifestyle. The union ended with one son.
In July 2010, Sneijder, once more, tied the knot with Dutch-Spanish actress and presenter Yolanthe Cabau van Kasbergen. The marriage also ended with a divorce after nine years with a daughter.
Sneijder has married and divorced twice, and he is a father to a son and a daughter.
Wesley Sneijder’s Facts: Did You Know?
- He was voted as the best Dutch free kick taker by Voetbal International in 2008.
- He was inducted into the Inter Milan Hall of Fame in 2021
- He was the top assist provider in the UEFA European Championship in 2008.
- He holds the record of 133 appearances for the Dutch National Team.
- Wesley Sneijder was believed to have been robbed of a Ballon d’Or in 2010
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