Wesley Sneijder

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Wesley Sneijder
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Sneijder with the Netherlands national team in 2012.
Personal information
Full name Wesley Sneijder[1]
Date of birth (1984-06-09) 9 June 1984 (age 37)[2]
Place of birth Utrecht, Netherlands
Height 1.70 m (5 ft 7 in)[3]
Position(s) Attacking midfielder
Youth career
1990–1991 DOS
1991–2002 Ajax
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2002–2007 Ajax 126 (43)
2007–2009 Real Madrid 52 (11)
2009–2012 Inter Milan 76 (13)
2013–2017 Galatasaray 124 (35)
2017–2018 Nice 5 (0)
2018–2019 Al-Gharafa 22 (15)
Total 405 (117)
National team
2000–2001 Netherlands U17 6 (2)
2001–2002 Netherlands U19 8 (3)
2003 Netherlands U21 1 (0)
2003–2018 Netherlands 134 (31)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only

Wesley Sneijder (born 9 June 1984) is a Dutch retired football player. He played for clubs such as Real Madrid, Ajax, Inter Milan, and Galatasaray. He also played for the Netherlands national team, and he has been called one of the best midfielders of all time.[4] He played in the 2010 FIFA World Cup Final, and was one of the top scorers of that tournament.

Personal life[change | change source]

Sneijder became a Roman Catholic in 2010.[5]

Sneijder has two sons and two brothers: Jeffrey and Rodney. His paternal grandmother was Greek and was born in Kavala.[6]

Statistics[change | change source]

Club[change | change source]

Appearances and goals by club, season and competition[7]
Club Season League Cup Continental1 Other2 Total
Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals
Ajax 2002–03 17 4 3 1 3 0 23 5
2002–03 30 9 1 0 7 1 38 10
2002–03 30 7 3 1 7 0 1 1 41 9
2003–04 19 5 3 2 7 4 2 1 31 12
2004–05 30 18 4 1 9 1 4 2 47 22
Total 126 43 14 5 33 6 7 4 180 58
Real Madrid 2005–06 30 9 2 0 5 0 1 0 38 9
2006–07 22 2 2 0 4 0 0 0 28 2
Total 52 11 4 0 9 0 1 0 66 11
Inter Milan 2007–08 26 4 4 1 11 3 41 8
2008–09 25 4 2 0 9 3 3 0 39 7
2009–10 20 4 2 0 5 0 1 1 28 5
2010–11 5 1 0 0 3 1 8 2
Total 76 13 8 1 28 7 4 1 116 22
Galatasaray 2011–12 12 3 4 1 16 4
2012–13 28 12 6 3 7 2 1 0 42 17
2013–14 31 10 6 3 6 1 1 0 44 14
2014–15 25 5 6 1 8 0 1 0 40 6
2015–16 28 5 4 0 1 0 31 5
Total 124 35 22 7 25 4 4 0 175 46
Nice 2016–17 5 0 0 0 3 0 8 0
Al-Gharafa 2017–18 11 9 0 0 6 2 17 11
2018–19 11 6 2 2 13 8
Total 22 15 2 2 6 2 30 19
Career total 405 117 50 15 104 19 16 5 575 156

1 Includes UEFA Champions League, UEFA Europa League and AFC Champions League matches.

2 Includes Johan Cruijff Shield, Eredivisie playoffs, Supercopa de España, Supercoppa Italiana, TFF Süper Kupa, UEFA Super Cup and FIFA Club World Cup matches.

International[change | change source]

[8]

Netherlands national team
YearAppsGoals
2003 3 2
2004 14 3
2005 3 0
2006 10 0
2007 11 3
2008 10 3
2009 7 1
2010 15 7
2011 7 4
2012 10 1
2013 6 2
2014 15 2
2015 9 1
2016 6 1
2017 7 1
2018 1 0
Total 134 31

References[change | change source]

  1. "Acta del Partido celebrado el 18 de abril de 2009, en Huelva" [Minutes of the Match held on 18 April 2009, in Huelva] (in Spanish). Royal Spanish Football Federation. Retrieved 18 June 2019.
  2. "2014 FIFA World Cup Brazil: List of Players: Netherlands" (PDF). FIFA. 14 July 2014. p. 25. Archived from the original (PDF) on 3 February 2020.
  3. "The story of Wesley Sneijder". Official website. Wesley Sneijder. Retrieved 13 November 2009.
  4. Thomas, Blake. "Ranking the Top 10 Midfielders in World Football: Xavi, Iniesta, Sneijder..." Bleacher Report. Retrieved 2020-12-10.
  5. "Wesley Sneijder został katolikiem" (in Polish). Fronda. 24 June 2010. Archived from the original on 16 February 2010. Retrieved 24 June 2010.
  6. "Καβαλιώτης ο Σνάϊντερ (in Greek)". Retrieved 9 July 2014.
  7. Wesley Sneijder at Soccerway. Retrieved 8 August 2017.
  8. Strack-Zimmermann, Benjamin. "Wesley Sneijder". www.national-football-teams.com.