Wesley Sneijder has announced his retirement from football at the age of 35. The Dutchman was the most-capped player for his country, winning 134 caps in a 15-year international career, which also saw him win a host of trophies in European football.
After starting with Ajax in 2002, he soon became a star for his boyhood club and eventually was signed by Spanish giants Real Madrid in 2007. After winning La Liga in his first season he struggled for form in his second year and was eventually sold to Italian side Inter Milan in 2009.
The Dutch star enjoyed his most successful spell in Italy and eventually left the club after four years following disagreements over a new contract. He joined the Turkish side Galatasaray in 2013.
The highlight of his career was without a doubt winning the Champions League with Inter Milan in 2010.
He led the Netherlands to the World Cup final in a losing effort to Spain in 2010. Four years later he missed out on the World Cup final after being beaten by Argentina in the semis. The Dutch recovered to beat tournament hosts Brazil in the third-place play-off, but Sneijder was denied an elusive international trophy.
AFP reported that the 35-year old announced his decision on the YouTube channel of his hometown club FC Utrecht, where he bought a corporate box at their stadium. "My connection to the town is big. Now I've retired from football I want a nice place to share my memories," he said.
Sneijder also won a host of individual accolades throughout his career and he will be remembered as one of the finest players of his generation.