The world of sports is filled with athletes who could have been great players but did not apply themselves, whether from enjoying the extracurricular activities that the lifestyle brings or taking care of their bodies.
For Wesley Sneijder, the Netherlands international stated that his lack of awareness regarding taking care of his body led to him not being on par with Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo.
Sneijder had a great career, considering he won league titles, a UEFA Champions League, and domestic cups, but it could have been better. Even Sneijder admits that he might not have taken his eating habits seriously to ensure his body is prepared to play at an elite level.
“I enjoyed my life; maybe I had a glass of wine at dinner. Leo and Cristiano are different. They have made many sacrifices, and that seems fine to me. My career, however, continued to be incredible.”
There is no doubt Sneijder could have had a better career had he taken better care of his physique, but it seems as though he is content with how it played out despite not being in the same category as Messi or Ronaldo.