Arsenal legend Ozil tipped for retirement U-turn with gym transformation | Football | Sport

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Arsenal legend Ozil tipped for retirement U-turn with gym transformation | Football | Sport

Arsenal legend Mesut Ozil is certainly not following the well-trodden path of many former professional footballers in becoming lax and sedentary after hanging up the boots.

The 35-year-old playmaker announced his retirement from the beautiful game one year ago, after suffering with repeated injuries while playing for his final club Istanbul Basaksehir.

Since then, however, rather than downing tools and leaving the world of high performance and fitness behind, Ozil has been doing quite the opposite.

In recent weeks the World Cup winner has been taking to Instagram to show off what he has been doing in the interim period – which equates to a solid 12 months of hammering the gym to get, quite simply, shredded.

The German ace has now packed on a sizeable amount of muscle, and now looks almost unrecognisable compared to his Premier League days.

The slender and nimble figure of Ozil that fans were well used to seeing has now been replaced by a man with broad, imposing shoulders, thick biceps and abdominal muscles of steel.

Ozil captioned his post: ‘Always stay ready, then you don’t need to get ready’ followed by an hourglass emoji further teasing a potential return to professional football.

A number of Ozil’s former teammates and rivals shared their support for his huge gym transformation, with fellow German Antonio Rudiger commenting ‘beast’ and former foe Rio Ferdinand sending him a message noting; ‘looking strong bro’.

Keen to make further progress, Ozil also uploaded numerous videos to his daily Instagram story, showing himself bench-pressing a huge 150KG, without the use of an assisting spotter.

Ozil left fans in awe with how much at ease he was with the considerable weight, while performing the presses with the technique of a seasoned body builder.

The attacking star may however soon return to the football pitch in some form, after being named in Germany’s draft squad list for an upcoming Over-35 international competition to be held in England this summer.

His prospective teammates for the tournament include ex-Real Madrid midfielder Sami Khedira and former Schalke forward Kevin Kuriyani.

Ozil made over 250 appearances in all competitions for the Gunners during an eight year spell in north London after joining from Real Madrid for a then club record £42.5m in the summer of 2013.

He won four FA Cups during his time in the red of Arsenal and notched 19 assists for the Gunners in the 2015-16 Premier League season, which remains a club record.

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