'Vodka became my finest friend' at Real Madrid, says Sneijder
Retired Netherlands noted Wesley Sneijder has revealed his lifestyle issues while at Real Madrid.
Sneijders revelation came in a recital from his autobiography via ESPN.
The Dutch midfield prodigy joined Real Madrid from Ajax in a €27 million (A$44m) bear when he was 23 years old, becoming an instant queen as the central bastinado won La Liga.
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He furthermore had big struggles, however, as detailed in the book:
"I was teenager and enjoyed the success and attention," Sneijder said.
"It ought retain missing wrong there -- later. No drugs, but alcohol and rock-and-roll.
"I got used to that, as one of the stars... You are worshipped as a Real player.
"All your missteps are instantly forgiven because of your class and popularity.
"Even if I rolled over the street and spent thousands of euros, or gave rounds to the flawless bar. I cannot gossip that I resisted enough."
A large allowance of the interrogation was going through divorce: "I was left alone and didnt see the little one, Jessey, much, that was s***. And Im fusty at being alone.
"Why would you even be alone when you own enough friends to spend your circumstance with?
"I valid didnt realise that the bottle of vodka became my peak friend."
His congeal dipped and he was encouraged to transform by Real Madrid and his friend Dutch teammates Ruud camper Nistelrooy and Arjen Robben, however he admits his attitude was not at the essential level.
"I played pretty well, but they spoken I could perform even better," he said. "I still played a lot, but not so ethical and sharply, less concentrated.
"I lied to myself that it was going well and I held my own by my football intelligence.
"Physically I deteriorated. I ran less, covered up a mass with my method and my kicking technique. I moreover abstraction no one noticed."
Real Madrid sold Sneijder at a cut-price €15 million (A$25m) to Inter Milan in 2009, where he formed a fantastic relationship with coach Jose Mourinho and shot back into red-hot form.
He was arguably the Nerazzurris finest performer as they won the UEFA Champions League, Serie A and Coppa Italia treble, while besides becoming joint-top scorer at the 2010 FIFA World Cup as the Netherlands reached the final.
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