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Dutchman Sneijder retires from football

By AAP Newswire

Former Inter Milan and Netherlands midfielder Wesley Sneijder has announced his retirement from football.

The 35-year-old made a record 134 appearances for the Netherlands and helped them reach the World Cup final in 2010.

The Dutchman also played for Ajax, Galatasaray, Real Madrid, Nice and Al-Gharafa.

Sneijder has now bought a corporate box at his hometown club Utrecht to watch them.

"My love for the city of Utrecht is great," he told the Eredivisie side's official website.

"We often talked about the possibility of me coming here, and now we've put this thing on paper. I'm looking forward to a great season."