Andre Schürrle, a 29-year-old German football player, today announced he is retiring. At Spartak Moscow, Schürrle made his last career commitment where he scored one goal in 13 appearances.

This news stunned the world of football given that Schürrle is just 29 years old and he has a few more years left of top football, while in recent years his career has been in free fall.

He’s scored 16 goals in the last four seasons and felt the best days are far behind him: “The decision has been maturing for a long time. The downturns are getting deeper and more numerous and the ups are becoming weaker. You’ve always got to play a role in this business, otherwise, you’ll lose and you won’t find another.”

Schürrle has played for Mainz, Bayer Leverkusen, Wolfsburg, Chelsea, Borussia Dortmund, Fulham, and Spartak during his career. He won the premiership in a Chelsea jersey, with Wolfsburg and Borussia winning the German Cup. He has played as many as 57 times for the German national team and scored 22 goals.

He also became the world champion with the national team in 2014 at the Brazilian championship, scoring two goals in an impressive semi-final win over the 7:1 hosts

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