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Name Wesley Sneijder
Gender Male
Ethnic Dutch
Job Dutch Footballer
Desc Sneijder won league titles in Spain, Italy, Turkey and his native Netherlands, as well as the Champions League with Jose Mourinho’s Inter Milan, and built a stellar international career to become the most capped Dutch player of all time. But the lasting memory is simply of his natural grace on the pitch, gliding over the field before bursting into life to change any game in an instant

Affiliation

Org Dutch National Team
Club as Player Nice FC
  Inter Milan
  Real Madrid

Relationship

Agent Guido Albers

2012 05 29 Retrieve

[Netherlands playmaker Wesley Sneijder has hit out at Dutch legend Willem Van Hanegem, who spoke candidly about several members of Bert van Marwijk’s side] He should have said that when he was our assistant coach, not now. Mr. Van Hanegem should talk about our national team with a little more respect. At least that’s how I’d like it to be.

[Sneijder now believes the former Dutch international should apologise, and sais he no longer takes the analyst’s opinions seriously] I hope he takes his words back

2014 02 26
Wesley Sneijder of Galatasaray speaks to Head Coach Roberto Mancini of Galatasaray during the UEFA Champions League Round of 16 first leg match between Galatasaray AS and Chelsea at Ali Sami Yen Arena in Istanbul, Turkey.

2015 11 14 Retrieve

[Wesley Sneijder on Robin van Persie getting dropped from the Netherlands team] In these cases, you can only do two things: throw in the towel or give your all to show that the others are wrong. I chose the second path and I hope that Van Persie does the same. But I know that when you go through a moment like this, you feel like you’re in hell

2016 02 13 Retrieve

[on Jose Mourinho] Mourinho is like a second father to me. Mourinho is a powerhouse. In football we have powerhouses who are players, and ever since I met Mourinho, we can say that there are powerhouses who are Coaches. And he certainly is, without any doubt at all.He is a very special person for me. As a Coach he is incredible, number one. It was he who gave me confidence and I enjoyed playing football like never before. And as a person he reaches you much more than in his role as Coach. Mourinho is a friend

2016 02 13 Retrieve

[on Jose Mourinho] You have to be with Mourinho to find out just what he is like. The key to him is how he convinces you, how he helps you if things aren’t going well for you. He is on top of everything and always knows how to help a player, sometimes doing one thing, sometimes another, but whatever he does it is for the good of the club, the player and the person

2016 11 12 Retrieve

[Netherlands midfielder Wesley Sneijder gives an honest assessment about the current state of the Dutch national team] We are no longer driving toward the stadium knowing that we will win and that we are just wondering by what margin we will win. Those days are over and I miss that feeling. I hope that we can create a similar era in the future, even if I will not be part of it. This group of players has the potential and quality to reach that same level

2017 08 12 Retrieve

[Wesley Sneijder speaks after signing with Nice in Ligue 1] When you believe, you can do it, that’s what I always say. In 2010, with Inter, we never thought we would win the Champions League. Over the course of the games and the season, we started to believe it, and we got there

2018 09 08 Retrieve

[Wesley Sneijder Speaking after making his 134th and final appearance for the Netherlands] It’s everything. I enjoyed every second on the pitch. My feelings […] I know now that it’s all over, but I’m also very happy to have the chance to show myself just one more time. I was able to say goodbye in this wonderful way

2019 11 20 Retrieve

[Wesley Sneijder believes he could have been mentioned in the same breath as Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo if he was more committed] I have to be honest and admit that I could have been mentioned in the same breath as Messi and Ronaldo if I had been 100 per cent committed. I know that. But I did not want to do that and I have no regrets about it. It’s not that I didn’t have it in me, but I simply didn’t want to do it. I enjoyed my footballing career as it was, both on and off the pitch. I won every trophy I could win at club level, so I have no regrets at all. I am a team player and I like to be successful as a team. People still approach me to tell me that they feel I should have won the Ballon d’Or in 2010, but I keep telling them that winning the Champions League was nicer than an individual trophy. Of course, it would have been the icing on the cake, but it’s satisfying enough that people tell me I should have won it

[Since retiring as a player, Sneijder has returned to the Netherlands and signed on with Eredivisie side Utrecht as part of a business deal] I have a lot of love for this city. Now that I’ve quit playing, I want a nice place to share my experiences

2019 11 20b Retrieve

[Wesley Sneijder has revealed his move to Real Madrid initially didn’t go down too well with veteran midfielder Guti] I quickly became a part of the starting XI after I joined Real Madrid. Guti didn’t speak to me for three months or so because he ended up on the bench. But at some point we ended up playing together and we had an incredible connection. We knew where the other one was or was going without even looking. He’s a phenomenal player, probably the best player I’ve ever played with. Unreal. He made the biggest impression on me

2019 11 23 Retrieve

[Wesley Sneijder on former Real Madrid team-mate Guti] Guti didn’t speak to me for three months or so because he ended up on the bench [after I joined Real Madrid]. But at some point we ended up playing together and we had an incredible connection. We knew where the other one was or was going without even looking. He’s a phenomenal player - probably the best player I’ve ever played with. Unreal. He made the biggest impression on me

2020 06 06 Retrieve

[Former Nerazzurri midfielder Wesley Sneijder says Lautaro must remain in Italy] I believe very strongly that he must remain in Italy. He has the potential to become one of the best, but first he needs to win something with Inter. There’s a moment to do anything. He could play for Barcelona, but if he really wanted to leave I’d prefer that he moved to Real!

Antonio Conte has a big squad and with Eriksen in the squad he can finally make the leap to become real challengers. Christian did well at Ajax, then at Tottenham and now he has to establish himself in Italy. He has a lot of quality. With his characteristics, he can easily become one of the leaders of the new group.

He is very strong, there’s nothing else to say. He could have been among the best attackers in the world but he made certain choices. I don’t agree with them, but the world is beautiful because everyone is made in his own way. Is Brescia his last chance? I don’t know – someone like him can always make a difference

2020 06 09 Retrieve

[Wesley Sneijder says When Messi stops, De Jong will be Barcelona’s leader] Holland and Barcelona have always had a great feeling. De Jong made the best choice because he understood that his football is perfect for Spain and Barcelona. [Mattijs] De Ligt chose differently [in joining Juventus] but Frenkie made the perfect decision for his life. De Ligt a different choice but in my opinion De Jong is forward-looking. He did very well to choose Barcelona: it is a club suitable for him, when Messi will stop with football Frenkie will become even more of a leader

[Ex-Nerazzurri star Sneijder is hoping to see Lautaro Martinez stay put for the foreseeable future] I don’t like Barcelona, I played for Real Madrid. Winning at Inter is a unique feeling, I did it and I wish he does it before leaving. I recommend Real Madrid to him. A player who is physically strong and mentally strong. I can only tell him to try to play for Real Madrid but only after many years at Inter

2020 06 06 Retrieve

[Wesley Sneijder claims he could have been in the same elite bracket as Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo, but a weakness for wine held him back] I could have become like Messi or Ronaldo. I simply didn’t feel like it. I enjoyed my life, maybe I had a glass [of wine] at dinner. Leo and Cristiano are different, they have made many sacrifices, and that’s fine with me. My career, however, was still amazing

[He still keeps a close eye on Inter, however, and tipped Christian Eriksen to have a big impact on the team despite a rather muted introduction to life at San Siro] Conte has a big squad and, with Eriksen in the team, he can finally make a leap in quality. Christian has done well at Ajax and then at Tottenham. Now, he has to establish himself in Italy. He has a lot of quality, with his characteristics, he can easily become one of the leaders in the new group

2020 06 21 Retrieve

[Wesley Sneijder on De Jong] De Jong made the best choice because he understood that his football is perfect for Spain and Barcelona. He did very well to choose Barcelona: it is a club suitable for him, when Messi will stop with football Frenkie will become even more of a leader

2020 06 25 Retrieve

[Former Real Madrid star Wesley Sneijder admits that he has regrets over the rock-and-roll lifestyle he had during his time at Santiago Bernabeu] I was young and enjoyed the success and attention. It must have gone wrong there – later. No drugs, but alcohol and ‘rock and roll’. I got used to that, as one of the stars… You are worshipped as a Real player. All your mis-steps are instantly forgiven because of your status and popularity. Even if I rolled over the street and spent thousands of euros, or gave rounds to the whole bar. I cannot say that I resisted enough

I was left alone and didn’t see the little one, Jessey, much, that was sh*t. And I’m bad at being alone. Why would you even be alone when you have enough friends to spend your time with. I just didn’t realise that the bottle of vodka became my best friend.

I still played a lot, but not so good and sharply, less concentrated. My attitude was unworthy of Real Madrid. I lied to myself that it was going well and I held my own by my football intelligence. Physically I deteriorated. I ran less, covered up a lot with my technique and my kicking technique. I also thought no one noticed

2020 07 14 Retrieve

[Wesley Sneijder’s brother says Former midfielder considers comeback after returning to training] Wesley wants to lose weight and be busy. He did say that it might give him an itch to play again. He’s been out for a while. Wesley wants to experience what it is like to be back on the field after a while without football and regain the sense of enjoyment