Mesut Ozil has been forced into football retirement due to injuries.
The former Arsenal and Real Madrid midfielder has announced his retirement at the age of 34.
He was playing for Turkish top flight side Istanbul Basaksehir since joining in the summer but has only made eight appearances for the club following injury problems.
Confirming his retirement in a statement, Ozil said: “Hello everyone, After thoughtful consideration, l’m announcing my immediate retirement from professional football.
“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.”
Thank you ❤️ pic.twitter.com/Aqr4pB5SI2
— Mesut Özil (@M10) March 22, 2023
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Marshall Munetsi was honored by Stade de Reims for his exceptional success
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On Sunday, the Zimbabwean midfielder made his 100th appearance for the French Ligue 1 club.
He played the entire 90 minutes of the 2-1 league loss to Marseille.
Before the game, Reims officials honored him by presenting him with a special memento…Full story