Mesut Ozil, a former Arsenal and Real Madrid star has announced his retirement from football.
After moving to north London for £42.5 million from Spanish giants Real Madrid in 2013, the German playmaker spent eight years at the Emirates Stadium.
Ozil was instrumental in Arsenal winning four FA Cups before joining Fenerbache in 2021. The 34-year-old has had a difficult end to his glittering career, having been hampered by injuries before announcing his retirement from the game.
Ozil announced his retirement through social media. “After careful consideration, I’m announcing my immediate retirement from professional football,” the statement said.
I’ve had the honour of playing professional football for almost 17 years now, and I’m eternally grateful for the opportunity. But, after suffering some injuries in recent weeks and months, it’s become increasingly clear that it’s time to exit the big stage of football.
It’s been an incredible journey full of unforgettable moments and emotions. I’d like to thank my clubs – Schalke 04, Werder Bremen, Real Madrid, Arsenal FC, Fenerbache, Basaksehir, and the coaches who helped me, as well as teammates who have become friends – for their support.
My family and closest friends deserve special recognition. They have been a part of my journey since the beginning and have shown me so much love and support, both good and bad.
“Thank you to all of my fans who have shown me so much love regardless of the circumstances or which club I was representing. Now I’m looking forward to everything that awaits me with my beautiful wife, Amine, and my two beautiful daughters, Eda and Ela – but you can be sure that you’ll hear from me on my social media channels from time to time.
See his post below