It comes as little surprise that 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’s no wonder that recently-retired Dutch legend Wesley Sneijder has piled on the pounds since officially retiring just a mere 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.
After retiring, Sneijder agreed to join the FC Utrecht Business Club (Inset Pics), 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 this past Saturday as a team of former Dutch internationals played 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 Dutchman contributed 11 goals and 11 assists in 66 appearances during his two seasons in Spain, winning 1 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.