Wesley Sneijder is 24 years old and he plays as an attacking midfielder and winger for Spanish Champions Real Madrid in the number 23 jersey, which was left vacated after the departure of David Beckham. Wesley was born in Utrecht on the 9th June 1984, celebrating his birthday when Holland humiliated Italy in a 3-0 win, in which Sneijder managed to score the second goal. He is 1.70 metres tall and weighs 72 kilograms. In his professional football career he has only played for two teams: started his career at Ajax in 2002 and moved to Real Madrid last summer (2007). He had a very successful first season in Madrid, helping his side clinch La Liga.
Sneijder made his debut for the Under-21s on the 28th March 2003, and made his senior debut just one month later on the 30th April 2003 against Portugal. He has always been considered a potentially-world-class player for club and country, and he continues to prove this statement with his dazzling runs and performances on the pitch. He has earned 48 caps for Holland since 2003. In Euro 2008, he appeared in 3 matches, missing the game against Romania. Van Basten assigned him the number 10. Euro 2008 will certainly not be his last competition, and he can only improve in the future.
Player Rating (out of 10) thanks to Goal.com:
Holland vs Italy: 8
Holland vs France: 8.5
Holland vs Romania: –
Holland vs Russia: 7
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