• Tue. May 21st, 2024

Wesley Sneijder claims Lionel Messi’s 2010 Ballon d’Or win was undeserved

Former Real Madrid midfielder Wesley Sneijder has claimed that Lionel Messi’s 2010 Ballon d’Or win was undeserved.

Sneijder’s comments

In an interview with Egyptian television channel Alhayah TV, Sneijder expressed his dissatisfaction with the result, stating that “it was a bit unfair that I wasn’t crowned with the 2010 Ballon d’Or and Messi won it” .

Sneijder’s achievements

Sneijder won the Champions League, Serie A, and more with Inter Milan, and also reached the 2010 World Cup final with the Netherlands .

Ballon d’Or rankings

Despite finishing the year with five trophies, including the Italian Super club and FIFA Club World Cup, he ultimately finished fourth in the Ballon d’Or rankings, with Messi winning for the second successive year and Barcelona teammates Andrés Iniesta and Xavi Hernández second and third, respectively .

Sneijder’s response

Sneijder revealed that he is still unhappy about how it all unfolded but that he “won’t cry about it” . He believes that the Ballon d’Or is an individual award, and he prefers to win team trophies. If he had to choose between the Champions League and the Ballon d’Or, he would choose the Champions League that he won .

who is Wesley Sneijder

Wesley Sneijder is a retired Dutch professional footballer who was born on June 9, 1984, in Utrecht, Netherlands¹. He is considered one of the best midfielders in the world during his prime due to his excellent playmaking ability. In this article, we will discuss his life, career, and achievements under the following subheadings:

  • Early life
  • Wesley Sneijder now
  • Wesley Sneijder age
  • Club career
  • International career
  • Style of play
  • Personal life
  • Awards
  • Career statistics
  • Honours
  • Wesley Sneijder 2010
  • Wesley Sneijder 2023
  • Wesley Sneijder 2022
  • Wesley Sneijder Ballon d’Or

Early life

Wesley Sneijder was born into a football family on June 9, 1984, in Utrecht, Netherlands. His father and older brother Jeffrey were both football players, and his younger brother Rodney is also a professional football player.

Wesley Sneijder now

Wesley Sneijder is currently retired from professional football. He last played for Al-Gharafa in the Qatar Stars League.

Wesley Sneijder age

As of December 2023, Wesley Sneijder is 39 years old¹.

Club career

Sneijder started his professional career playing for Ajax, with whom he won four trophies and was awarded the Johan Cruyff Trophy in 2004. He was sold to Real Madrid for €27 million in 2007, winning in his first season with the club, and transferred to Inter Milan for €15 million in 2009. At Inter, he won the UEFA Champions League¹. After being sold to Galatasaray for €7.5 million in 2013, he helped the club win the Süper Lig in his first season, following with the capture of the Turkish Cup, after a 1–0 win against rivals Fenerbahçe. After an unsuccessful stint with OGC Nice, he concluded his footballing career at Qatar Stars League team Al-Gharafa.

International career

Sneijder made his debut for the Netherlands under-21 side against the Czech Republic on March 28, 2003. His first game with the senior Dutch side was against Portugal on April 30 that same year when he became the eighth-youngest player to play for the Netherlands in the first team’s history¹. He represented his country at the 2006, 2010, and 2014 FIFA World Cups, as well as the UEFA European Football Championships. With 134 caps, he is the most capped Dutch player of all time¹.

Style of play

Sneijder was considered one of the best midfielders in the world during his prime due to his excellent playmaking ability¹. He was known for his vision, passing, and ability to score goals from long range¹.

Personal life

Sneijder has been married to Yolanthe Cabau since 2010, and they have a son together.


Sneijder was awarded the 2010 Bronze Boot, the 2010 Silver Ball, and included in the team of the tournament for Euro 2008 and the 2010 World Cup, as well as named man of the match for six out of eleven games played by the Oranje at these two tournaments.

Career statistics

Sneijder scored a total of 193 goals in 672 appearances throughout his club career.


Sneijder won numerous honours throughout his career, including the UEFA Champions League, the Süper Lig, the Turkish Cup, and the FIFA Club World Cup.

Wesley Sneijder 2010

In 2010, Sneijder was named UEFA midfielder of the season, and one of the three best midfielders in the world by FIFA.

Wesley Sneijder 2023

As of December 2023, Wesley Sneijder is retired from professional football.

Wesley Sneijder 2022

As of December 2023, Wesley Sneijder is retired from professional football.

Wesley Sneijder Ballon d’Or

Sneijder was a finalist for the Ballon d’Or in 2010, finishing third behind Lionel Messi and Andrés Iniesta.


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