Croatian striker, Mario Mandzukic, who scored the winning goal against England in the 2018 World Cup semi-finals, has confirmed his retirement from the game, three years after playing his last international.
35-year-old Mandzukic announced his decision in a post on Instagram, which included a photo of a pair of boots, on Friday night.
Mandzukic wrote in the statement: “While you put on these boots for the first time, you can’t even imagine what you will get to experience in football.
“You’ll recognise the moment to retire, to put these boots in a cabinet and you’ll have no regrets.
“You will score goals on the biggest stages and win the biggest trophies in the jerseys of the biggest clubs.”
Juventus had responded on Instagram: “Glad to have shared part of your story together.”
Mandzukic appeared 89 times for Croatia, scoring 33 goals. He also played for Bayern Munich, Atletico Madrid and Juventus and appeared 11 times this year for AC Milan. Plagued by injury, he was used mostly as a substitute and did not score a goal.
He won the Croatian league three times with Dinamo Zagreb, the Bundesliga twice and the Champions League at Bayern, and won four Serie A titles with Juventus.
Born in Slavonski Brod, Mandzukic began his career in 2004 at home town club Marsonia. He signed his first major contract with Dinamo Zagreb in 2007.
He then played for Wolfsburg (2010-2012), Bayern Munich (2012-2014), Atletico Madrid (2014-2015) and Juventus (2015-2019).