The Enigmatic Case of Mario Götze

“It was a scene and dialogue which could have been scripted in Hollywood. The underachieving golden boy with the silver-screen looks gets the terse and pithy motivational speech from the embattled veteran coach needing just one more big moment to complete a widely unexpected legacy-rehabilitating championship run. ‘Prove that you are better than Messi. You can decide the match today.’ And with those words of encouragement, Joachim Löw sent Mario Götze into the overtime period of the World Cup final and toward his destiny, which was to plaster his name among those of Helmut Rahn, Gerd Müller, and Andreas Brehme, as men who provided the title-clinching goal to bring a world championship to Germany. You won’t find many 22-year-old footballers with a resume as accomplished as that of Götze.” Bundesliga Fanatic


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