Mesut Ozil retires from football: It's time to leave the stage
The former Real Madrid and Arsenal midfielder has called time on his career after a brief spell with Istanbul Basaksehir, who he only joined in July. Mesut Ozil moved to Turkey with Fenerbahce more than two years ago after his contract with Arsenal was terminated.
In a statement , Ozil announced his final retirement from football, while thanking the clubs he played with.
"After thoughtful consideration, I am announcing my immediate retirement from professional football. I have had the privilege of being a professional soccer player for almost 17 years now and I feel extremely grateful for the opportunity. But in the last few weeks and months, after suffering a few more injuries, it has become increasingly clear that it is time to leave the big football stage.
It has been an amazing journey filled with unforgettable moments and emotions. I want to thank my clubs - Schalke 04, Werder Bremen, Real Madrid, Arsenal FC, Fenerbahce, Ba§akëhir and the coaches who supported me, plus my teammates who have become friends.
Now I'm looking forward to all that lies ahead with my beautiful wife, Amine, and my two beautiful daughters, Eda and Ela – but be sure to hear from me on social media from time to time. media channels. See you soon, Mesut!” , the former midfielder wrote in his statement.
After starting his career in the German Bundesliga with Schalke and Werder Bremen, Ozil joined Real Madrid where he really made his name, following a brilliant 2010 World Cup campaign with Germany.