Mesut Ozil, the German national player and former midfielder for Arsenal and Real Madrid, has announced his retirement from professional football at the age of 34. Ozil made the announcement through his Twitter account, citing ongoing struggles with injuries as the reason for his decision to retire.
“I was lucky enough to be a professional footballer for 17 years. I would be very grateful for that. However, I have been suffering from injuries for some time now. Therefore, it is clear that it is time to leave the big world of football,” Ozil wrote in his tweet.
Ozil was known for his accurate assists and was considered one of the best midfielders in contemporary football. He began his professional career with German team Schalke and joined Werder Bremen in 2008 before debuting for Real Madrid. In 2013, he joined English club Arsenal, where he stayed until 2021. Ozil then signed with Turkish club Fenerbahce, before moving to Istanbul Basaksehir last year. However, he only managed to play four matches for the club due to ongoing injuries.Advertisement
Over the course of his career, Ozil won numerous titles and awards, including La Liga and the FA Cup. He also holds the record for the player with the most assists in a season across all the leagues he played in.
Ozil made 92 appearances for the German national team, with his performances standing out in Germany’s third-place finish in the 2010 World Cup and their victory in the 2014 World Cup. Ozil also had the most passes (171) in the final third during the 2014 World Cup.
However, controversy surrounded Ozil’s career in 2018 when he posed for a photo with Turkish President Erdogan, leading to criticism and calls for his retirement from the national team.Advertisement
Despite the controversies, Ozil will be remembered as a talented and influential player in modern football, with his accurate assists and impressive performances on the field earning him worldwide recognition
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