Mesut Ozil retires from football after stellar career, including World Cup win and titles with Real Madrid and Arsenal. Emotional farewell post
|Mesut Ozil has announced his retirement from football at the age of 34. (Photo credit: Sky Sports)|
Former Arsenal and Real Madrid playmaker Mesut Ozil has announced his retirement from football after a stellar career that produced the highest of highs and a rollercoaster of emotions.
Ozil posted an emotional farewell on his social media account on Wednesday to draw the curtain on an amazing career that saw him win the World Cup with Germany in 2014 as well as titles in Spain with Real Madrid and Arsenal.
A statement on Ozil’s Twitter reads, "After thoughtful consideration, I’m announcing my immediate 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.
"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. I want to thank my clubs—Schalke, Werder Bremen, Real Madrid, Arsenal, Fenerbahce, and Basaksehir—and the coaches who supported me, plus teammates who have become friends".
The playmaker holds the record for the highest chances created in the Premier League, with his feat in the 2015-16 season standing tall.
Ozil won four FA Cups in his time at Arsenal, as well as the La Liga title and Copa Del Rey during his days at the Santiago Bernabeu.
Thank you ❤️ pic.twitter.com/Aqr4pB5SI2— Mesut Özil (@M10) March 22, 2023