Andre Schurrle, the former Chelsea winger who set up Germany’s winning goal in the 2014 World Cup final, has retired, aged only 29.
Schurrle was released by Borussia Dortmund earlier this month and has now made the decision to quit football only six years after becoming a world champion.
Beginning his career at Mainz, Schurrle made his name with Bayer Leverkusen and earned an £18m move to Chelsea in 2013.
He spent only a year-and-a-half at Stamford Bridge before returning to his homeland, but it was during his time with Chelsea that he entered the history books for his role in Germany’s World Cup win.
He left Chelsea in January 2014 but was still sent a Premier League winners medal having played enough games for the recognition during their 2014/15 title winning campaign.
A spell with Wolfsburg followed before joining Dortmund in 2016, but he made just 51 appearances for BVB and also spent time on loan with Fulham and Spartak Moscow.
He retires a Premier League and World Cup winner, with nearly 400 club appearances to his name and 57 caps for Germany.
“I want to let you know that I’m stepping away from playing professional football,” the German said on social media.
“On behalf of myself and my family I want to thank everybody who was a part of these phenomenal years.
“The support and love you shared with me was unbelievable and more I could have ever asked for. Now I’m ready and open for all the beautiful possibilities that are coming towards me.”