Former German national football team player and Stuttgart striker Mario Gomez (34), ends his playing career. After yesterday’s conclusion of the second German league season in which Stuttgart secured a return to the Bundesliga, Gomez said goodbye.
He joked that he was negotiating with Real Madrid and Barcelona, before doing as he retired from football after helping Stuttgart win a place in the elite society.
The 34-year-old striker said with a smile, “I’m negotiating with Real and Barcelona, and if that doesn’t work. This was my last mission since we blew up last season. I was sure we would push on at the start of the season so I knew it was going to be my last year in Stuttgart, Germany, and probably as a footballer.”
Gomez was among the best strikers in Germany. He won the German championship in 2007 with Stuttgart, and then two more championships with the Bayern shirt, in whom he won the 2013 Champions League.
He also played for Fiorentina and Besiktas, with whom he became Turkey’s champion in 2016, and then returned to his home country playing for Wolfsburg and for Stuttgart, in whose ranks he started his senior career from 2018 on.
He played 582 games in his career scoring 304 goals. He played 78 games for the German national team, scoring 31 goals and capturing the 2010 world bronze as well as the 2008 European silver.
Thomas Hitzlsperger, sporting director of Stuttgart, has said he is ready to give Gomez a coaching job at the club if the former German international wants to end his play career.
“I think we owe it to him as a club and I would be glad if anyone would help Stuttgart again with their expertise and charisma,” Hitzlsperger said.