Mesut Ozil announces retirement
Former Arsenal and Real Madrid man announces retirement
Mesut Ozil, through a post on his social channels, officially announced his retirement from soccer at the age of 34. “Hello everyone, After considerations and reflections I announce my immediate retirement from professional soccer. I have had the privilege of being a soccer player for 17 years, I feel extremely grateful for this opportunity. But in recent times I have suffered injuries that made it clear to me that the time for farewell had arrived. The journey has been exciting, peppered with unforgettable moments and emotions. I want to thank my clubs – Schalke, Werder, Real Madrid, Arsenal, Fenerbahce and Basaksehir – and the coaches who supported me, as well as teammates who have become friends. Special thanks to my family and close friends. They have been part of this journey from day one, giving me love and support in both good and bad times. Thanks to the fans, they have shown me so much love…. Now I look forward to my amazing wife Amine and my two wonderful children, Eda and Ela, but you can be sure that you will hear from me again,” these are the words of the Turk.
His career ends after nearly 700 games played and with 120 goals and 260 assists recorded. At the club level he achieved most of his successes in the jerseys of Real Madrid and Arsenal, while at the national level he won the World Cup in 2014 in Brazil.