Croatian football player Mario Mandzukic, who came second in the 2018 FIFA World Cup and played for important clubs in Europe, ended his active career.
Mandzukic announced his retirement decision in a farewell letter addressed to his childhood, beginning with “Dear little Mario”.
The 35-year-old striker, in the letter he shared on his Instagram account with a photo of a pair of boots, said: “You couldn’t imagine what football would bring you when you first put these boots on. You will succeed because there will be good people around you. Always grateful to your teammates, coaches, fans, family, managers and friends. “You will stay. You will succeed, because you will always give your best. That will be the thing you will be most proud of in the end. You will notice the moment you put these boots in your closet and you will never regret it. Football will always be a part of your life, but you will also look forward to the next chapter of your life.” made statements.
Attracting attention with his performance in his country’s Dinamo Zagreb team, Mandzukic later played for clubs such as Wolfsburg, Bayern Munich, Atletico Madrid, Juventus, El-Duhail and Milan.
Mandzukic, who lifted the nets 228 times in 582 matches in his club career, won the UEFA Champions League in 2013 with the Bayern Munich jersey.
Mandzukic also came second in the 2018 FIFA World Cup with the Croatian National Team jersey, which he wore 89 times and scored 33 goals.