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Mario Mandzukic announces his retirement

Football Express

Former Croatian forward Mario Mandzukic has announced his retirement from club football. The 35-year-old had an illustrious career playing for some of the biggest clubs in Europe.

Mario Mandzukic made his announcement to the fans through an Instagram post. He was an important part of the Croatian national team that reached the 2018 FIFA World Cup final in Russia.

In his emotional post, the player thanked his fans, friends, teammates, manager and his family for their support throughout the years. Mario Mandzukic has played for Bayern Munich, Atletico Madrid, Juventus and AC Milan in his career, winning multiple trophies including a Champions League.

MARIO MANDZUKIC ENDS HIS AMAZING CAREER

The 35-year-old made his name in Dinamo Zagreb before earning a move to Wolfsburg in Germany. Soon Bayern Munich came calling and the player became part of the treble-winning team of 2012/13.

The centre-forward later moved to Atletico Madrid for a season but was picked up by Juventus in 2015. It was in Juventus that the player appeared the most time. He won multiple league titles and also helped his side reach the Champions League final.

But the arrival of Maurizio Sarri meant that his time on the field was limited. This prompted Mandzukic to move to Qatar for a season, before returning back to Italy to join AC Milan. Injuries and lack of time finally nudged the Croatian to announce his retirement.

Mandzukic has played 509 matches across his club career and scored 194 goals. He also made 89 appearances for his national side scoring 33 goals. In his retirement announcement, the player looked back at the goal he scored against England in the 109th minute of the World Cup semi-final to help his side progress to the Final.

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