His shoe from the World Cup Final 2014 is still one of the main attractions of the Football Museum in Dortmund. Every day he is admired as a cult object by the visitors awesome.
Finally, Mario Götze scored in the 113th minute of the match against Argentina the decisive 1-0 – Germany was world champion.
This stroke of genius after preparatory work by André Schürrle in the place of worship Maracanã helped the then 22-year-old in the history of football and promoted his reputation as a century talent. The instruction of Joachim Löw to Götze shortly before his substitution into the final fit into the picture of a hitherto fairytale career. "I told Mario Götze: Show the world that you're better than Messi," confessed the national coach following the match.
Five years later, no one would think of making such a comparison. Because Götze has not only lost his place in the German national team, but also his status as an international exceptional player.
According to many companions, the historical hit of 2014 is one of the reasons for the loss of meaning. "From that point on, it was all about building on this legend," Schürrle said in the documentary "Being Mario Götze" of the streaming provider DAZN, "I do not envy Mario for the goal." Götz's Dortmund team-mate Marcel Schmelzer agreed, "Me could imagine that Mario after the career at some point says he would rather not have shot the gate, but prepared for someone else.
Both the FC Bayern and Borussia Dortmund fought the Edeltechniker with the radar view for vacant spaces then for a regular place. "The escalator, on which Götze has been racing towards the football olympus since his youth, has turned into an impeller in which he struggles, works, fights, without taking a step forward," commented the trade magazine "Kicker".
But since doctors diagnosed a metabolic disease after a long guesswork about the form of weakness of Götze, it is back uphill. The therapy brought back some of the lost lightness. Under the direction of the sensitive football teacher Lucien Favre, the Memmingen born Dortmund made great progress. Favre recently summed up his growing appreciation for the skilled midfielder recently deployed at the Storm Center: "Mario feels football."