Mesut Ozil, the former Arsenal, Real Madrid and Germany midfielder, has announced his retirement at the age of 34.
Writing on Twitter, Ozil said: “After thoughtful consideration, I’m announcing my immediate retirement from professional football.
Ozil came through the youth team of his local club Schalke before moving to Werder Bremen where he won the DFB Pokal Cup and helped the team reach the final of the 2009 UEFA Cup.
A move to Real Madrid followed, where Ozil won the league in 2012 as well as the Copa del Rey twice.
However, he fell out of favour following the ascent of Cristiano Ronaldo to one of the two best players in the world and in 2013 he moved to Arsenal, where he spent the next eight years.
Ozil’s time at Arsenal was mixed, with some extreme highs as well as being frozen out of the team at times.
He spent the last few years in Turkey, first with Fenerbahce and then Istanbul Basaksehir. Ozil was part of the Germany team that won the 2014 World Cup.
He confirmed his retirement in a Twitter post on Wednesday morning.
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