Sneijder is a prodigious midfield general for The Netherlands and Turkish club Galatasaray. He first began his football career in the Ajax youth Academy in Holland, making his debut in 2003. It wasn't long before Sneijder was at the fulcrum of Ajax's attacking play, scoring and creating goals equally. He helped his team win the Eredivisie in 2004, and the Dutch Cup twice in 2006 and 2007.
Touted as one of Europe's rising footballers, Sneijder moved to Real Madrid in 2007 for an astonishing €27 million and taking the number 23 shirt (later swapping to number 10). He won a La Liga title in 2007-2008, and was a solid performer in a star-studded squad. He became known as a dead-ball expert – particularly for his trademark goal-scoring free-kicks.
By this stage Sneijder was also an established star for The Netherlands. He had made his debut in 2003 against Portugal aged 18, and had been part of Holland's Euro 2004 and 2006 World Cup squads. He was one of the leading midfielders at Euro 2008 scoring twice – even though Holland didn't get past the second round.
The 2009-2010 season was a big year for Sneijder at domestic and international level. After moving to Inter Milan in Italy for €15 million, the number 10 helped orchestrate a magnificent treble for the Nerazzurri. Winning the Serie A, Coppa Italia and Champions League under Jose Mourinho, Sneijder went on to inspire The Netherlands to only their second World Cup final in South Africa (which they lost to Spain 1-0). Sneijder is a world class talent and as he is only now entering his prime, is set to dominate for many more years in Europe.