ALBAWABA - German star Mesut Ozil has announced his retirement from professional football on Wednesday after a remarkable career.
The 34-year-old helped Germany lift the FIFA World Cup in 2014.
He was also very instrumental during his time at Real Madrid and Arsenal.
The playmaker moved to Istanbul Basaksehir last July and only managed to feature in seven matches as per Transfermarkt.
"After thoughtful consideration, I'm announcing my immediate retirement from professional football," the Geman said in a statement via his Instagram account.
"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.
"It has been an amazing journey filled with unforgettable moments and emotions. I want to thank my clubs - Schalke, Werder Bremen, Real Madrid, Arsenal, Fenerbahce and Basaksehir - and the coaches who supported me, plus team-mates who have become friends.
"Special thanks must go to my family members and my closest friends. They have been a part of my journey from day one and have given me so much love and support, through the good times and the bad.
"Thank you to all my fans who have shown me so much love no matter the circumstances and no matter which club I was representing.
"Now I’m looking forward to everything that is in front of me with my beautiful wife, Amine, and my two beautiful daughters, Eda and Ela - but you can be sure that you will hear from me from time to time on my social media channels."
Ozil won 92 caps for Germany, scoring 23 goals.