Croatian striker Mario Mandzukic has announced his retirement from professional football at the age of 35.
|Mario Mandzukic.||Photo: Антон Зайцев, Soccer.ru, CC BY-SA 3.0|
The striker plied his trade in the Bundesliga for VfL Wolfsburg and Bayern Munich, winning the Bundesliga and the DFB-Pokal titles whilst wearing the Bayern Munich jersey as well as the 2013 Champions League with Bayern in the all-Bundesliga final vs Borussia Dortmund. Mandzukic scored the opening goal in that game as Die Sterne des Südens won the coveted trophy and completed the treble.
In an Instagram post, Mandzukic announced his retirement in the form of a letter to his younger self, telling his younger self that he would one day play for some of the biggest clubs in world football. The striker has played for Wolfsburg, Bayern, Atletico Madrid, Juventus, and AC Milan among other clubs, making a total of 426 club appearances scoring 166 goals.
Mandzukic represented Croatia 89 times bagging 33 goals, including the goal that sent Croatia to the 2018 World Cup final, a goal that he very cheekily referred to at the end of his letter.
Everyone at the Bulinews team extends their best wishes to Mario in his retirement and his future endeavors and congratulates him on a fantastic career.