“The Argentinean daily La Nacion featured a story this week on the Dutch soccer player Wesley Sneijder, who scored the winning goal against Brazil in the World Cup quarter finals last week. The article revealed his conversion and baptism, which took place shortly before he traveled to South Africa for the tournament.
In an article entitled, “The Spiritual Goal of a Dutch Soccer Star,” journalist Mariano de Vedia said Sneijder arrived at the World Cup “completely renewed.”
“At the end of May he converted to Catholicism and was baptized in a chapel in Milan, where the brilliant soccer star plays for the Inter Soccer Team, receiving endless accolades. He was influenced in his decision by his girlfriend, Dutch actress and model Yolanthe Cabau, who was born in the Spanish city of Ibiza and who he has decided to marry in the Church after the World Cup ends.”
“The faith gives me strength,” Sneijder said. “My convictions often keep me strong and give me determination. Everyday I pray the Our Father with her. Before each game I always seek out a place to pray,” the soccer star added.”
I found this inspiring post over on The Catholic News Agency, it is titled, “Dutch soccer player who scored winning goal against Brazil is Catholic convert”. This soccer superstar has found strength and solace in being Catholic and it seems to be helping his already sterling playing abilities. Scoring the game winning goal against the Brazilians is quite a feat seeing as they were one of the top teams in the World Cup until Sneijder put them away with his goal. His teammate on his club team, Inter, as well as his wife-to-be were responsible for showing him the benefits of the Catholic Church and all it has to offer. It is great to see even successful athletes being brought to the faith even in their later years in life. It just goes to show that it is never to late to convert to Catholicism.
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