Croatian striker Mario Mandzukic has decided to hang up his boots or retire from football. Mario Mandzukic stopped his career as a professional footballer at the age of 35.
World transfer expert, Fabrizio Romano , revealed that Mario Mandzukic who did not have a real team had received proposals from two clubs before deciding to retire. Fabrizio Romano said the proposals from the two clubs had come in recent weeks.
However, Mario Mandzukic rejected both proposals and chose to retire from football.During his career, Mario Mandzukic had time to defend famous clubs on the European continent. He once defended the German League giants, Bayern Munich , in 2012-2014.
With Bayern, Mandzukic was able to record 48 goals and won two Bundesliga titles and a Champions League trophy. After experiencing success with Bayern, Mandzukic left for the Spanish League club, Atletico Madrid, in July 2014.
He soon wore the uniform of the club nicknamed Los Rojiblancos.After scoring 20 goals in one year of his service for Atletico Madrid, Mandzukic left for Juventus .
Since officially joining Juventus in July 2015, Mandzukic has scored 44 goals. He perfected his goal record with Juventus with a series of trophies.
Mandzukic was involved in winning four Serie A trophies, three Coppa Italias and two Italian Super Cups. After five long years with Juventus, Mandzukic then joined Qatari club Al-Duhail in July 2020.
However, his career in Qatar did not last long. One year later, Mandzukic returned to Italy and joined AC Milan .At AC Milan, Mandzukic only played 11 games without a goal or assist record .
He then officially left AC Milan at the end of the 2020-2021 season and was without a club until he decided to hang up his boots. At the national team level, Mandzukic became the mainstay of Croatia’s front line.
The player who was born on May 21, 1986 was involved in the impressive journey of the Croatian national team at the 2018 World Cup. He helped the Croatian national team reach the final before losing to France and having to settle for the runner-up title .
Announces retirement, Mandzukic brings up the goal that buried England’s dream
The striker of the Croatian national team, Mario Mandzukic , has ended his career as a professional footballer. Mario Mandzukic announced hanging up his boots or retiring via uploads on his personal Instagram account on Friday (3/9/2021) evening WIB.
In the announcement, Mario Mandzukic wrote a touching message that evoked memories of the past, when he first got to know the game of football and made a series of achievements with top European clubs and the Croatian national team .
Mandzukic marked the memory of his early career in football by uploading a photo of the shoes he first wore as a child.The photo is accompanied by a message that describes the struggles and successes during his career.
Mandzukic packaged the whole message in a unique way. He seemed to be talking to himself and bringing up one of the best moments of his career.
He brought up the moment when he scored the winning goal for the Croatian national team over England in the 2018 World Cup semifinals . At that time, Mandzukic scored in the 109th minute and brought Croatia to a 2-1 win over England.
The goal came at the right time. Croatia qualified for the 2018 World Cup final, while England had to bury the dream they had for a long time. England failed to end a 52-year wait, when they last reached the World Cup final (1966).
Dear little Mario … When you put on these shoes for the first time, you can’t even imagine what you will experience in football. You will score goals on the biggest stage and you will win the most prestigious trophies with the biggest clubs. Proudly representing your country, you will help write Croatia’s sporting history. You will succeed because you will have good people around you, teammates, coaches, fans, family, agents and friends, who will always be there for you. You will always be grateful to all of them! Above all, you will succeed because you will always give your best. In the end, that’s what you’re most proud of. You will sacrifice a lot, but you will know that it is worth it thanks to all the amazing moments. You will realize the moment to retire, to put these shoes in the closet and you will not regret it. Football will always be a part of your life, but you will be looking into a new chapter.