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Wesley sneijder said goodbye to his international career with unusual farewell

Netherlands may not have won anything substantial in world football, but they have always won heart with their individual prodigy. Starting from legendary Johan Cruyff, Denis Bergkamp, Marco Van Basten, Ronald Koeman, Frank Rijkaard, Patrick Kluivert, Ruud Van Nistelrooy, and Clarence Seedorf to current era two greats Arjen Robben and Wesley Sneijder completes the list of great players who have said goodbye to their playing career.

Whereas Arjen Robben said goodbye to his playing career last October after losing their World Cup place against Sweden, Wesley Sneijder played his farewell match last night against Peru. Well, he doesn’t enjoyed a very lasting impact on the ground but Memphis Depay made sure that one of their legends end his career on high notes.

After Peru took the lead in first-half, Depay scored twice in second-half to make sure one of Orange’s legend says goodbye to his career on a winning note. Sneijder said goodbye to his international playing career with 2-1 victory over Peru in a friendly game.

But, highlight of the last night was unusual farewell arranged for Sneijder. An open living room was prepared in the middle of Amsterdam Arena with sofa and tv, where Sneijder sits with his wife and two children to watch the recorded farewell messages by his teammates.

An emotional Sneijder told media, “It’s over, it’s done. My last match … in the Orange shirt. Everything comes to an end.”

His most famous run in his career is 2010. He led Netherlands into the final of the World Cup against mighty Spain where they lose 1-0 in extra-time. Sneijder finished joint top scorer of the tournament scoring five goals coming from his midfield position.

Before that, he led his club Inter Milan to winning treble in 2009/10 season. Serie A side won Scudetto, Italian Cup, and UEFA Champions League that season under Jose Mourinho. He was the prime candidate to win Ballon d’Or that season, but Lionel Messi’s growing popularity took that limelight away from the Dutch midfielder.

It was his career highlight moment. He wishes he could have contributed more in the development of Dutch football alongside his long-term teammate Arjen Robben, but Netherlands failure to qualify for 2018 World Cup ends their career on a rather negative nod.

Netherlands’ captain Virgil van Dijk said, “He was incredibly important for the atmosphere. He pepped people up if they needed it. Now other lads will have to take over … He is a great player with a fantastic career behind him. It is an honour to played with him.”

Wesley Sneijder currently plays in Qatar for Al Gharafa. He is doing a great job alongside former Spain legend Xavi Hernandez to lift the football level of the next FIFA World Cup’s host country.

To give Sneijder a grand farewell, FIFA’s president Gianni Infantino was also present in crowd at Johan Cruyff’s Arena. He really made his day which was obviously his last game in Orange’s shirt. Fans also celebrated his farewell emulating his most famous goal celebration of slapping his head at 2010’s World Cup.


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