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Former Real Madrid and Arsenal player, Mesut Ozil has officially announced his retirement from football.
The 34-year-old former German player took to his official Twitter account (@M10) on Wednesday to announce his retirement from football.
“After thoughtful consideration, I’m announcing my immediate retirement from professional football”, he tweetted
Ozil began his professional career playing for Schalke 04 in 2005 before signing with Werder Bremen in 2008, he moved to Real Madrid in 2010.
As a player, he won the La Liga title and the Copa del Rey with Real Madrid. He later joined Arsenal in the English Premier League in 2013 for a then-club record fee of £42.5 million where he won four FA Cup titles.
Ozil who suffered several injuries during his 17 years of professional football career stated that it was time to leave the big stage after playing last at Basaksehir in Turkey football league.
He described his football journey as an amazing one filled with unforgettable moments and emotions.
He thanked the clubs he had played for – Schalke 04, Werder Bremen, Real Madrid, Arsenal FC, Fenerbache, Basaksehir, the coaches who supported him and team mates who have become friends.
“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.
“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 and the bad.
“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. 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 (winks).
“See you soon, Mesut!” he added.
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