Mario Gómez: “I’m enjoying my football like never before”

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Updated: May 30, 2016

Champions with Beşiktaş and top scorer in Turkey, now back in the German squad – Mario Gómez finds himself in a very special phase in his career. “I enjoy my football like never before in my career,” said the striker in a big kicker interview (Monday Edition). After the difficult period in Florence and the power explosion at Beşiktaş he sees himself as a different player compared to his last tournament, the 2012 European Championship.

Mario Gómez celebrating his goal against Slovakia.

Mario Gómez celebrating his goal against Slovakia.

“Today I see myself much further in my development as in 2012. ” At that time, my mindset was: “I am the one responsible for scoring goals, to fire the team to the title”, explains Gómez, “today, for me, it is also important to show the team: my workrate,  that I can free up spaces and move well, that my mind is free and that I’m not only waiting in the box to finish chances.”

Gómez also presents himself now as a more balanced and happier person: “I’m no longer under the pressure of that I still want to achieve that and that and that. If my career is over in a year, it’s over in a year. If it continues five more years, than it continues five more years. I have no specific plan for the next few years.”

For which club he will play next season, is “still open”, emphasizes Gómez. But he could “very well imagine to play one or two more years at Beşiktaş. Because I have learned once again that one should have no prejudices.” Anyone who had never been to Turkey, had discouraged him from moving to Beşiktaş. Gómez: “all those who were already there, said: “you’re going to have the best time of your life.” And it was one of the most beautiful years of my career.”

The European title would be “a wonderful gift” for Gómez, who will turn 31 years old on the day of the final match in Paris. He hopes to reward himself “with all the things I imagined last summer. No one believed me when I said It. I had it on my radar: This team that become World Champions can also become the European Champions. And I want to be a part of it.”

Source: Kicker

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Kaan Bayazit

Editor-in-chief at Beşiktaş International
Freelance sports writer specialized in Turkish football and Beşiktaş. Co-host of the Black Eagles podcast. Frequently featured in World Soccer Digest Japan and many other international media outlets. Following Turkish football for close to two decades. Proud father to Aedin.
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