At 35, the Croatian forward announced through social networks that he will end a 17-season career on the courts
Croatian international Mario Mandzukic, 35, until now at Milan and former Atlético de Madrid player, announced on social media this Friday that he is retiring from football, thus putting a career of 17 years.
“Super Mario” said goodbye to his followers with an emotional message addressed to himself when he was a child and when he put on his first football boots, in a message that, accompanied by photos of a pair of those boots, begins with “Dear little Mario “.
“You will be successful as you will have many people on your way who will help you, fellow players with whom you will fight, coaches from whom you will learn, fans who will encourage you, family, managers and friends who will always be on your side. “writes the forward, one of the most successful in Croatia.
“You will be forever grateful to all of them!” Continues the footballer who played for Atlético Madrid in the 2014-2015 season.
He adds that this child, after all the successes and great moments of happiness “will one day recognize the moment when it is necessary to put an end to the playing career”.
In the 17 years of his dedication to football, Mandzukic also played for clubs such as Zagreb, Dinamo, Wolfsburg, Bayern and Juventus.
“You will put those boots on the showcase, and you will be happy not to regret anything. Soccer will always be part of your life, but you will be happy for the new chapter. Enjoy it!”, Concludes the message.
Mandzukic, recently named by the press as a candidate for a signing for Barcelona, played a total of 89 games for the Croatian team in which he scored 33 goals.