- Wesley Sneijder claims he would have been at his peak like Cristiano Ronaldo and Lionel Messi
- The former Netherlands international won the treble with Inter Milan
- The 35-year-old was also a World Cup finalist with the Dutch national team in 2010
Wesley Sneijder has claimed that he could have been like Cristiano Ronaldo or Lionel Messi, but he did not regret the career he had as a player.
The Netherland legend called it quits at the age of 34 and has had a rewarding career at club level.
The 134-capped midfielder was in the Orange squad that made it through to the 2010 World Cup and won the treble with Inter Milan that same year.
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Sneijder had a short spell with Real Madrid played for Galatasary, Nice and Al-Gharafa before ending his career.
"I could have become like Messi or Ronaldo. I simply didn't feel like it.
"I enjoyed my life, maybe I had a glass [of wine] at dinner. Messi and Ronaldo are different, they have made many sacrifices.
"And that's fine with me, my career however, was still amazing," Sneijder told DiMarzio.
The 35-year-old came fourth at the 2010 Ballon d'Or award behind Barcelona trio including Xavi, Andres Iniesta and Lionel Messi.
Sneijder secured a dream move to the Santiago Bernabeu in 2007 for £24million and inherited David Beckham's No.23 jersey.
After winning La Liga in his first season at the Spanish capital, the petite midfielder joined Inter Milan in 2009.
Sneijder drew the curtains in his career in his final international game for his country in a 2-1 victory over Peru in a friendly.
He was treated to a bizarre on-pitch ceremony during which he and his family watched a tribute montage from a sofa placed in the middle of the Johan Cruyff Arena pitch.
Meanwhile, Legit.ng had earlier reported that Cristiano Ronaldo is now training with rugby boots to improve his speed when Serie A returns, reports claim.
According to Italian news media Tuttosport, the Juventus striker believes to run in a wider rugby studs to help him sprint past his opponents when action resumes on June 20.
It is understood that it is not the first time Ronaldo has resulted in using rubber boots rather than the metal studs.
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