Babel: ‘Still at a top club, European, I think I can be prouded’

Ryan Babel has spent almost half his life in the professional football world and is far from done with it at 34. The 69-time Orange international is already looking back with satisfaction on the years behind him, even though his career, according to his own words, went with ups and downs.
Babel debuted as a teenager at Ajax, then came out for Liverpool, Hoffenheim, Kasimpasa, Al-Ain FC, Deportivo La Coruรฑa, Besiktas, Fulham and Galatasaray. His contract with Cim Bom Bom expires at the end of the season, but Babel is not ready yet. โ€œI had a second childhood. I was supposedly done, but I came back all the way. And I can go on for a few more years. I live really well for football. I eat well, I rest well and I still like to doโ€, he says in an extensive interview with the Algemeen Dagblad.
The attacker celebrates its 35th anniversary in December and takes stock in advance. โ€œI still play at a top club, I play European football. Almost all of my generation has already stopped, but Im still here. I notice that a lot of people dont realize that its not obvious that you still play football at this age,โ€ says Babel. โ€œI think I can be very proud of the career I still have.โ€
Babel recently announced that he has not yet finally said goodbye to the Dutch national team, although he was no longer selected after he missed out on the European Championships last summer. โ€œI did not attend the Dutch team for six years between 2011 and 2017. And I
ve always wanted more myself, always wanting to surpass myself. But sometimes its equally good to take a step back wards and say: you can be quite proud.โ€