Mario Mandzukic announced his retirement from football at the age of 35. This summer he left AC Milan after his six-month contract expired. After being released by the Rossoneri his name was linked to a slew of teams around the world, including Barcelona.
Just a few days after the transfer window closed a former AC Milan, Juventus, and Bayern Munich striker, Mandzukic announced his retirement. He took to his Instagram to make the football news public in the form of a letter to his younger self.
He started the letter by stating “Dear little Mario. When you put these boots on for the first time, you won’t even imagine what you will get to experience in football.” He further continued, “You’ll score goals at the biggest stages and you’ll win the biggest trophies with the biggest clubs. Proudly representing your nation, you will help write the history of Croatian sports.”
“You’ll succeed because you’ll have good people around you – teammates, coaches, fans, and family, agents and friends who will always be there for you. You’ll be forever grateful to all of them! Above all, you’ll succeed because you’ll always give your best. In the end, that’s what you’ll be most proud of. You’ll sacrifice a lot, but you’ll know it was worth it because of all the amazing moments.”
“You’ll recognise the moment to retire, to put these boots in a cabinet and you’ll have no regrets. Football will always be a part of your life, but you’ll look forward to a new chapter. Enjoy, from your big Mario. P.S. If you happen to play vs England in the World Cup, just be ready around 109th minute.”
The announcement brings to an end a 15-year playing career that took Mandzukic all over the world and yielded some of the most prestigious trophies available.
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