Former Borussia Dortmund and Bayern Munich player Michael Rummenigge, questions what happened to the Mario Gotze who scored the World Cup winner?
Mario Gotze went from a household name in German to almost nonexistence. Rummenigge who won multiple Bundesliga titles as a player himself and much like Gotze played for both Dortmund and Bayern. He asks the question of why.
In the German outlet Sportbuzzer, he believes that social media has caused Gotze to lose focus on his football.
The retried midfielder admits it is sad to see.
“When I give lectures, I always show the audience one scene at the end – Mario Gotze’s goal in the 2014 World Cup final.”
“I always see a smile on the faces and I enjoy it, too.”
“At the same time, I always feel a little sad.”
“I wonder what has happened since then. What happened to this outstanding soccer player who could do everything?”
“I can’t find answers to these questions. Probably only Mario Gotze himself can find them.”
“The crux of the matter was his move to Bayern. When he went to Munich in the summer of 2013, his development was not yet complete.”
“Even after returning to Dortmund, he never really got back to his best there.”
“He has to change some things. He lost his speed and should change his game, be more of a playmaker. He is no striker.”
“He should leave all this social media crap behind and concentrate solely on sport too.”
“Sometimes, when I see him on Instagram, I wonder if he’s still a footballer or a show act.”