Already during his first press conference in Eindhoven, Mario Götze spoke about returning to the German national team and winning the Champions League. The former child prodigy, who signed with PSV for two years on Tuesday, to the surprise of the German football world, is still very ambitious.
Beckenbauer called Götze the ‘new Messi’
Six years and three months after he decided the World Cup final in the Maracana stadium in Rio de Janeiro, Mario Götze was presented on Thursday as the new addition to PSV, not exactly the most glamorous club in Europe.
The child prodigy could not live up to the high expectations at Bayern Munich and Borussia Dortmund and wants to revive his career in the Eredivisie at the age of 28.
“I look forward to playing here again,” said Götze during his presentation at the Philips Stadium on Thursday.
“All factors at this club appeal to me. The Dutch playing style, the club’s ambitions to win prizes and also the German trainer Roger Schmidt have been important. He played very good football in the Bundesliga with Bayer Leverkusen.”
The goal with which Götze decided the 2014 World Cup final against Argentina. (Photo: Pro Shots)
Expectations for Götze have always been sky-high in Germany. When he turned nineteen, Franz Beckenbauer – the greatest German footballer ever – already called him “the new Messi”. That year he also won the Golden Boy Award for the greatest talent in Europe.
Even just before he came on as a substitute in the World Cup final, national coach Joachim Löw whispered to him: “Now show the world that you are better than Messi”. Years later, Löw said that he regretted that, the continuous comparison with Messi would have been a burden for the young top talent.
“Of course the expectations have been very high and after my goal in the World Cup final it got even higher. Anyway, that was something for the media”, said Götze. “It wasn’t important to me, it’s all about the game for me.”
“I get the question more often, but I certainly don’t see my goal in the World Cup final as a burden.
Mario Gotze shot Germany to the world title in 2014. (Photo: ANP)