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Super Mario! The 22-year-old national hero behind the goal that secured Germany’s 4th World cup

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Few of us will ever know what is like to be a national hero, adored the length of breadth of their home country and assured a place in history. But Mario Gotze, the 22-year-old wizard behind the 113th-minute goal that saw his nation lift the World Cup for a fourth time, most assuredly will. The attacking midfielder calmly took the ball on his chest before slotting past Argentina keeper Sergio Romero, sending the German nation into a frenzy – once again kings of the world.

But who is the young German superstar, who has now half-volleyed his way into the annals of global footballing history? He was born in Memmingen, Bavaria. His father Jurgen Gotze, was a professor at the Dortmund University of Technology. His girlfriend is the glamorous German lingerie model Ann-Kathrin Brommel.

Gotze played for Borussia Dortmund between 2009 and 2013, winning the Bundesliga title in 2010–11, and was a member of the team which reached the 2013 UEFA Champions League Final. In April 2013, the committed Christian moved to Bayern Munich for £29million, making him the second-most expensive German player ever, behind Mesut Ozil, who moved to Arsenal for a club-record fee of £42.5 million. He earns an estimated £5.5m at the club.

Former German Football Association’s technical director Matthias Sammer describes Gotze as: ‘One of the best talents that [Germany’s] ever had.’ He played in his first match for Germany against Sweden, on 17 November 2010, coming on in the 78th minute in a goalless draw, making him the youngest German international since Uwe Seeler. Interestingly, Gotze, along with André Schürrle who ran onto the pitch at the same time, is the first German players to be born in a reunified Germany… see more

source: Dailymail UK

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