Previous German national football team player and Stuttgart striker Mario Gomez (34) has announced the finish of his playing career. Gomez said farewell after yesterday’s finish of the season of the subsequent German league in which Stuttgart won an arrival to the Bundesliga.
He kidded that he was negotiating with Real Madrid and Barcelona before he did as he resigned from football after helping Stuttgart win a place in the tip-top society.
“I’m negotiating with Real and Barcelona, and if that doesn’t work …,” the 34-year-old striker said with a grin.
“This was the last strategy we explored last season. I was certain at the start of the season that we would push ahead. So I concluded it would be my last year in Stuttgart, Germany, and probably as a footballer.”
Gomez was extraordinary compared to other German strikers. With Stuttgart, he won the German championship in 2007, and then two additional titles in the Bayern pullover with which he won the Champions League in 2013.
He also played for Fiorentina and Besiktas, with whom he was the champion of Turkey in 2016, and then came back to his homeland playing for Wolfsburg, and from 2018 for Stuttgart, in whose ranks he began his senior career.
During his career, he played 582 games scoring 304 goals. He played 78 games for the German national team, scoring 31 goals and winning the world bronze in 2010 and the European silver in 2008.
Stuttgart donning director Thomas Hitzlsperger has said he is ready to offer Gomez a coaching job at the club if the previous German international really chooses to end his playing career.
“I think we owe it to him as a club and I would be happy in the event that somebody with their experience and charisma would help Stuttgart again,” Hitzlsperger said.