- Wesley Sneijder has dramatically piled on the pounds since retiring from football
- The 35-year-old was playing for Al-Gharafa in Qatar before he quit this month
- He attended Utrecht’s Eredivisie clash against VVV-Venlo on Sunday afternoon
After years of rigorous dietary restrictions and strict fitness regimes, footballers are often inclined to relax and unwind when they call time on their playing careers.
It is no surprise then to see that recently-retired Dutch legend Wesley Sneijder has piled on the pounds since officially retiring just two weeks ago.
The 35-year-old had been playing for Al-Gharafa in Qatar but images of him attending Utrecht’s Eredivisie clash against VVV-Venlo caused a stir after they showed him to be carrying a few extra pounds.
Dutch legend Wesley Sneijder has piled on the pounds since officially retiring two weeks ago
The 35-year-old attended Utrecht’s Eredivisie clash against VVV-Venlo on Sunday afternoon
Sneijder’s white shirt looked to be a little too tight as he sat down to watch the Dutch game
After retiring, Sneijder agreed to join the FC Utrecht Business Club, where he will watch home games this season from the comfort of his own skybox at the Dutch outfit’s stadium.
The former Inter Milan midfielder played in a friendly on Saturday as a team of former Dutch internationals played against against amateur side DHSC.
In his prime Sneijder was regarded as one of the best attacking midfielders in the world, beginning his career at Ajax before earning a move to Real Madrid in the summer of 2007.
The former Inter Milan midfielder played in a friendly on Saturday with ex-Dutch internationals
In his prime Sneijder was regarded as one of the best attacking midfielders in the world
The Dutchman contributed 11 goals and 11 assists in 66 appearances during his two seasons in Spain, winning a La Liga title before departing for Inter Milan following the signing of Cristiano Ronaldo.
He would then enjoy the best spell of his career, winning a famous treble under Jose Mourinho in 2010 before playing a huge role in Holland’s journey to the World Cup final that summer.
Sneijder spent three more years in Milan before playing for Galatasaray, Nice and finally Al-Gharafa.