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Mario Götze is a German soccer player who caused a sensation right at the beginning of his career. At the age of 24 he had already won five championships, three DFB cups and one world championship.
During his time at FC Bayern Munich (2013-2016), he was one of the top earners with an annual salary of twelve million euros. Since his return to Borussia Dortmund, he has earned around eight million euros a year.
Due to his high popularity, Götze also achieved considerable income as an advertising star. An advertising contract with Nike earned him fifteen million euros.
Götze is married to the model Ann-Kathrin Brömmel in 2018.
Mario Götze was born in 1992 to Astrid and Jürgen Götze in Allgäu, where he spent his early childhood. His first club was SC Ronsberg in Ostallgäu.
After his father received a research grant in the United States, the family lived in Houston, Texas for a year and a half. In 1997 the move to Dortmund followed. Here Götze initially played for Hombrucher SV.
He then continued his career at Borussia Dortmund, where he went through all youth departments. In 2008/09, he reached the final of the DFB Junior Club Cup and the German A-Youth Championship with the A-Junior team. Although Götze was unable to win either of the two finals with his team, he was honored with the golden Fritz Walter medal in the U17 age group.
In addition to football, Götze obtained the technical college entrance qualification at high school.
In the 2009/10 season, Mario Götze made his professional debut at the age of 17 in Borussia Dortmund. He scored his first Bundesliga goal in August 2010 against VFB Stuttgart. In his first European League game in September 2010, he contributed two goals to Borussia’s success. This is how he managed to earn a regular place in the team as the season progressed.
At the end of the season, Götze had six goals and sixteen assists. In the following two seasons, Götze won the championship with Borussia. In the 2012/13 season he made it into the Champions League final with the BVB team.
For the 2013/14 season, Götze switched to FC Bayern Munich for 37 million euros. He scored his first competitive goal for Munich in the Champions League group stage against Viktoria Pilsen. The first Bundesliga goal followed against Hertha BSC. Bayern were already crowned champions on Matchday 27, something no team had ever done before. The DFB Cup also went to Munich. These successes were repeated in the next two years.
Despite all the successes, Mario Götze was unable to secure a permanent place at FC Bayern due to repeated injuries, which is why he returned to Borussia Dortmund in the 2016/2017 season.
After the move, Götze struggled with long-term injury problems that made it difficult for him to establish himself in Borussia’s starting XI.
It was only in the 2018/19 season that he was able to regain his old form under coach Lucien Favre. By the end of the season he had scored seven goals and seven assists in 26 Bundesliga games. In the championship, however, Borussia had to admit defeat to FC Bayern.
Mario Götze celebrated the greatest success of his career with the German national soccer team, for which he played for the first time on November 10, 2010 against Sweden.
The highlight of Mario Götze’s career was the 2014 World Cup final against Argentina, where he scored the decisive goal in extra time. After the game, he was honored by FIFA as Man of the Match. His winning goal was awarded “Goal of the Year”.
“The coach said: Show the world that you’re better than Messi” (Götze on the words with which national coach Jogi Löw sent him on the pitch against Argentina)
“Sometimes you are the dog, sometimes you are the tree”
Mario Götze is the ninth youngest debutant in Bundesliga history (he made his debut for Borussia Dortmund at the age of 17)
He is also the youngest debutant in the history of the German national soccer team since Uwe Seeler (also at the age of 17).
He is also the youngest German goalscorer in a World Cup final (then 22 years)
In addition, at 23, Götze became the youngest player in Bundesliga history to have 100 wins