One of the most gifted midfielders for the last decade and a half, ruling the midfield of Germany and other illustrious clubs for a world-conquering span, Mesut Ozil has chosen to call it a day at the ripe age of 34 from all forms of football.
With age slowly catching up with the midfield wizard who ruled the roost for illustrious clubs like Real Madrid and Arsenal, he took to Insta to clarify that this is the end of the road for the big man. His trophy cabinet is as gorgeous as it gets and no matter what have been the blotches that has been thrown at him, he has successfully eluded them and reigned supreme with his chivalrous smile.
He was currently plying his trade for Istanbul’s Basaksehir and his last game for the outfit came on February 2nd when he was substituted at the half time in his club’s 1-0 defeat against Kayserispor in the Turkish Super Lig. It was just one of those two starts that he made for his team after signing from Fenerbahce in the preceding year.
Mesut Ozil’s statement read, “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.”
He further added, “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 team-mates who have become friends.”
Ozil continued, “Special thanks must go to my family members and my closest friends. They have been a part of my journey from day one and have given me so much love and support, through the good times and the bad.”
The former German footballer continued, “Thank you to all my fans who have shown me so much love no matter the circumstances and no matter which club I was representing.”
He concluded by saying, “Now I’m looking forward to everything that is in front of me with my beautiful wife, Amine, and my two beautiful daughters, Eda and Ela – but you can be sure that you will hear from me from time to time on my social media channels.”
Here is what Twitter had to say about Mesut Ozil
In his glistening career he went onto play 254 times for Arsenal and bagged four FA Cups with the Gooners. He also starred in 159 appearances for Real Madrid winning the La Liga and the Copa del Rey. The former German footballer was also a part of his national team for 92 fixtures, scoring 23 goals and winning the 2014 FIFA World Cup. This is what Twitter had to say about the farewell of Mesut Ozil.
Real Madrid & Arsenal legend, Mesut Ozil retires from professional football.
We will miss your sleek passes. ❤️✊ pic.twitter.com/T9POgeUWHk
— POOJA!!! (@PoojaMedia) March 22, 2023Advertisement
One of the greatest playmakers of all time, Gracias Mesut Ozil. The streets will never forget your workrate. pic.twitter.com/37VmPFHLBP
— 𝐕𝐀𝐑 🌴 (@Ziyechman) March 22, 2023Advertisement
He was something else man, the greatest playmaker of all time 🤩🔥
Mesut Ozil, the legend of football 🔥🔥🔥pic.twitter.com/Wu8jJBYdpPAdvertisement
— S👻 (@scrapytweets) March 22, 2023
No Mesut Ozil fan will pass without liking this. 𝐋𝐞𝐠𝐞𝐧𝐝𝐚𝐫𝐲 𝐩𝐥𝐚𝐲𝐞𝐫 pic.twitter.com/LfLiZZIXmrAdvertisement
— Janty (@CFC_Janty) March 22, 2023
🇩🇪🤩 Mesut Ozil at his best made football look so easyAdvertisement
Thank you for the memories ❤️
— FIFA World Cup (@FIFAWorldCup) March 22, 2023Advertisement
Cristiano Ronaldo x Mesut Ozil. ❤️
One of the greatest duos of all time.Advertisement
— The CR7 Timeline. (@TimelineCR7) March 22, 2023
Most chances created in a single PL game ✅
Most chances created in a single PL season ✅
Mesut Ozil was an elite playmaker 🧙♂️ pic.twitter.com/e1A6W3p3FA
— ESPN UK (@ESPNUK) March 22, 2023Advertisement
Mesut Ozil at Real Madrid, one of the best players you’ll ever see in their prime.
Happy retirement you legend.Advertisement
— Janty (@CFC_Janty) March 22, 2023
BREAKING: Mesut Ozil has officially retired from professional football at the age of 34. pic.twitter.com/fEGTR7fpcq
— ESPN FC (@ESPNFC) March 22, 2023
The streets wont forget Mesut Ozil 🏆 pic.twitter.com/Fq5gOkbEzX
— GOAL (@goal) March 22, 2023