Produced on June 9, 1984, in Utrecht, Netherlands, Wesley Sneijder acquired his football abilities in the AFC Ajax youth system. After enjoying success with his first professional team, the midfielder helped Real Madrid to league and Spanish Super Cup triumphs in 2008. The pinnacle of Sneijder’s career came in 2010, when he won five team titles and led his nation into a runner-up finish in the FIFA World Cup.
After honing his ambidextrous passing and scoring skills, Sneijder signed his first professional contract with Ajax at 17.
Sneijder made his debut for the senior side in March 2003 and immediately proved he belonged with his striking performance in Champions League play. A lineup fixture from the next year, he helped Ajax claim the league title in 2004 as well as the KNVB Cup the following two seasons.
The outstanding midfielder additionally worked his way as much as visibility together with the national team. After being used mostly as a substitute through the 2004 European Championship, Sneijder started all four matches for the Netherlands at the 2006 FIFA World Cup.
After joining Real Madrid in August 2007, Sneijder scored in his first La Liga match and helped his team emerge as league champs. He was named to the Team of the Tournament in the 2008 European Championship and carried the momentum right into a successful Spanish Super Cup performance, but the following season was a letdown as Real Madrid neglected to pick up any titles.
Back with Ajax, he spearheaded the team’s winning Italian Super Cup and FIFA Team World Cup showings, stopping his magnificent year having a fourth-place finish in the Ballon d’Or voting.
Internazionale repeated as Italian Cup winners in 2011, but the performance of the team and its particular star midfielder slowly declined, and Sneijder was optimistic of a livelihood resurrection after signing with Turkish team Galatasaray S.K. in January 2013.