Mesut Ozil, the Germany World Cup champion, has declared his immediate retirement from professional football. The 34-year-old has concluded a remarkable playing career that saw him play for some of the biggest clubs in European football.
Ozil’s career began at Schalke before moving to Werder Bremen, where he showcased his talent, leading to a move to Real Madrid under Jose Mourinho. During his time at Madrid, he became a renowned name in world football, but the signing of Gareth Bale relegated him to surplus and eventually led to his transfer to Arsenal in a record club deal.
The playmaker played a pivotal role in helping Germany win the 2014 FIFA World Cup by defeating Argentina 1-0 in the final. Ozil completed his career in Turkey, where he played for Fenerbahce and most recently Istanbul Basaksehir, as he is of Turkish-German descent.
In a social media statement, Ozil stated, “After thoughtful consideration, I’m announcing my retirement from professional football. I’ve had the privilege to be a professional football player for almost 17 years now, and I feel incredibly thankful for the opportunity.”
He added, “But in recent weeks and months, having also suffered some injuries, it’s become more and more clear that it’s time to leave the big stage of football. It has been an amazing journey filled with unforgettable moments and emotions.”
Ozil thanked all of his former clubs, including Schalke 04, Werder Bremen, Real Madrid, Arsenal FC, Fenerbahce, and Basaksehir, as well as the coaches who supported him and his teammates who became friends. He also thanked his family members and closest friends, who have been with him throughout his journey, providing love and support during good times and bad.
Ozil concluded by thanking his fans for their unwavering love, regardless of the circumstances and the club he represented. He expressed excitement about his future with his wife and two daughters and promised to stay connected through his social media channels.