Mario Gómez announces decision to leave Beşiktaş

Updated: July 20, 2016

Mario Gómez has announced his decision to leave Beşiktaş and cites the recent political instability in Turkey (attempted millitary coup) as the sole reason behind his difficult decision.

“It was a difficult decision that I had to think about a lot. I have to tell you Beşiktaş fans personally that it is very heavy for me that I will not be playing for this great club in front of you wonderful fans in this unique stadium anymore.

“The reason for this is completely down to the political situation! There are no sporting or any other reasons that have made me make this decision. It is purely down to the terrible events that happened in the last few days. I hope you can understand that!

“I have huge thanks to the club, to you fans and to all the people with whom my family and I had a lot of wonderful times! It was a fantastic year with the Championship providing the absolute highlight.

“I hope that these political problems can be solved in a peaceful manner soon. Then it would be my great wish to play for Besiktas again! The club and the country grew very close to my heart in this past year. Hope to see you again soon.”

Mario Gómez scored 28 goals in 41 appearances for the Black Eagles, becoming the topscorer in the Spor Toto Süper Lig with 26 goals, scoring his final goal duringt he championship game on matchday 33 against Osmanlispor.

It is with a heavy heart that we say goodbye to a man who in less than 12 months became an icon of our club and will forever go down in history as one of the club’s best strikers and the most successful foreign striker to ever wear a Beşiktaş jersey.

Mario Gómez expressed his desire to one day return, once the political situation in Turkey calmed down. But at the age of 31, it seems unlikely that we’ll see him again, atleast not as a player.

Source: Mario Gómez’s official Facebook page

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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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