In an interview with Italian broadcaster Sky Sport Italia transfer market expert Gianluca Di Marzio, former Inter player Wesley Sneijder reflected on his career and discussed several Inter related topics.
“I could have become like Messi or Ronaldo. I simply didn’t feel like it. I enjoyed my life, maybe I had a glass for dinner,” he began the interview which appeared on Di Marzio’s eponymous website.
“Leo and Cristiano are different; they’ve made many sacrifices. And that’s fine with me. My career, despite this, was still amazing.”
Sneijder then went on to share his belief that thanks to the arrival of Christian Eriksen, Inter can make a leap in quality and suggested that the Danish national team player could become a team leader.
“Conte has a big squad and, with Eriksen in the team, he can finally make a leap in quality. Christian has done well at Ajax and then at Tottenham. Now, he has to establish himself in Italy.
“He has a lot of quality, with his characteristics, he can easily become one of the leaders in the new group.”
He was then asked for his views on Lautaro Martinez, who continues to be heavily linked with a potential move to Barcelona ahead of the transfer window.
“He’s very good, but he must stay in Italy. He can become one of the best, but first he needs to win something with the Nerazzurri.
“There’s a moment to do everything. He could play at Barcelona and of course, if he really wants to leave, I would have preferred a move to Real…”
Former Dutch national team player Sneijder joined Inter in the Summer of 2009 from Real Madrid and spent three and a half years with the club before departing for Turkish Super Lig side Galatasaray.
During his time with the club, Sneijder made 116 appearances across all competitions, in which he scored 22 goals and provided 35 assists for his teammates.