He’s supposed to be the best player, who was ‘unfairly’ not awarded the highest individual honour in world football, even a couple of years back. Today he has no takers. That’s the sad story of Wesley Sneijder. The former Real Madrid midfielder is certainly one of the best in the business on his day – and he’s been phenomenal for Inter, for quite some time, even winning the treble with them but today he’s one player clubs wouldn’t want to have on the roster if they are to balance their books.
Manchester United were reportedly hot on his heels for quite some time but Sir Alex eventually failed to lure the Dutchman to Old Trafford. The reason that proved to be the roadblock for Sir Alex then still is the hindering factor – Sneijder’s extremely high wage demand. €200,000-a-week will sum upto €10 million a year – these are numbers that look plausible on the likes of Lionel Messi, Robin Van Persie and Cristiano Ronaldo and in all honestly, they are a bit unfathomable when associated with Wesley Sneijder.
Apparently Inter has come to an agreement over the sale of their once-prized asset to Turkish powerhouse Galatasaray. Inter Milan are satisfied with the €10 million price-tag and Galatasaray however offering €6 million-a year deal. The Dutchman has 24 hours to make up his mind. He can either move to Turkey and team up with the likes Hamit Altintop, Johan Elmander, et al or cut a sorry figure in Milan, where his hopes of playing again are getting dimmer by the hour. Of course he can take the pay cut and can continue under Andrea Stramaccioni but there will be a lot of competition from the likes of Guarin and Gargano. Although Sneijder played some exquisite football against Pescara and Siena (despite the loss), at the beginning of the season, it will be an uphill task for him to get back to the levels that earned him the plaudit of one of the best players on the planet.