Wesley Sneijder has said that he might have been as brilliant as Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo, but that he “just didn’t feel like it” and would rather drink wine.
Sneijder had a claim to being the best player in the world in 2010, after playing a big role in Jose Mourinho’s treble-winning Inter Milan and scoring five crucial goals in the Netherlands’ march to the World Cup final.
However, the midfielder came in fourth place behind Messi, Andres Iniesta, and Xavi in the Ballon d’Or voting.
Sneijder, on the other hand, feels he was capable of becoming as outstanding as Argentina’s star – and Ronaldo’s adversary – on a more constant basis if he didn’t enjoy his life as much.
“Messi or Ronaldo might have been my role models. It wasn’t that I didn’t want to, it was just that I didn’t want to “Gianluca di Marzio was informed of his actions.
“I had a good time, and I may have had a glass of wine at dinner. Both Leo and Cristiano are unique individuals who have made numerous sacrifices.
“That’s great with me; my career, on the other hand, was phenomenal.”
The Dutchman is not exaggerating when he claims to have had a successful career. Mourinho’s club won Serie A, the Coppa Italia, and the Champions League in the 2009/10 season, which was clearly the top of his career.
Following that extraordinary achievement, he also assisted his national side in defying the odds and reaching the World Cup final in South Africa, where they were defeated by an excellent Spain squad in one of the most contentious finals in recent memory.
With Ajax, Real Madrid, and Galatasaray, Sneijder also won the Eredivisie, La Liga, and Super Lig titles, as well as the Silver Boot and Bronze Ball trophies at the 2010 World Cup.
Sneijder also talked about his best teammate, and the award goes to Spanish midfielder Guti.
Between 2007 and 2009, they were teammates at Real Madrid, and Sneijder said: “He didn’t speak to me for three months when I first arrived at Real Madrid because he was benched due to my presence. However, as we began to play together, we developed an extraordinary bond.
“He’s a fantastic player, easily the greatest I’ve ever had the pleasure of playing with.”
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