MARIOMAN DŽUKIĆ returned to top football at the beginning of the season. He did not play in Milan in the middle of the season, but the club achieved the key goal of entering the Champions League.
His contract will expire in one month, the question is what will happen to his career. Is it time to end a great career, or does Mandzukic have enough firepower to deal with another challenge, and enough power to deal with another final attack?
Perhaps the greatest fighter of modern football, after playing for others for ten years, finally it’s time to play for himself for a season and then return to Dynamo.
Since arriving in Milan, Mario Mandžukić has played only 287 minutes of football without scoring a goal. He only started one championship and one European game, and did not play for 90 minutes in any game. Last season, he only played seven games for Qatar’s Duhal and scored one goal.
In the entire time since the World Cup in Russia, Mandžukić has played 3458 minutes when saying goodbye to the national team. This season alone, his partner Luka Modrić (Luka Modrić) participated in 4,325 games.
History tells us that players in Mandzukic’s work habits cannot be eliminated even when they are 35 years old, but all indicators are moving in the same direction. Mandzukic will no longer play football at the top five level.
If Mandzukic did not decide to end his career, then one of the choices would be second-rate European leagues (such as Turkey and Russia) or third-world football countries in the Middle East. This is mainly due to economic conditions, and players often go to places where they are no longer in People at the pinnacle of power.
From this position, such a result is possible, but there are several important factors that say it is unlikely. The first is sports motivation. The question is whether Mandzukic wants to go further after 10 years in the Pettica League and how challenging it is for him to play in these leagues. The second factor is personal. When Mandzukic was 35 years old, it was much more difficult to start living in a new country, adapting to its culture, customs and style of football.
Finally, there are financial factors. In football plagued by the corona crisis, clubs have limited budgets. It can be assumed that they will specifically bring reinforcements to the target, these reinforcements have resale value, or at least 4-5 years of top football. Finally, it can be assumed that Mandzukic is in his career stage, that is, he has earned enough income, so making money is not his main motivation.
If we consider all these factors, it is not unimaginable that Mandžukić will return to Dinamo.
Ćiro called Mandžukić Đilkoš when he was leading him in Zagreb, the first league at the time. This is a perfect description for a sports fanatic, cunning and grumpy guy from Massonia to Kranjčević, Dynamo and the national team. Felix Bič Božji Magath has perfected Wolfsburg’s solid professional ethics and made Mandzukic the greatest fighter of modern football.
He is the best defender among forwards, a figure who fights side by side where no one else would play, and a man who didn’t lose a ball or duel. The wonderful choreography of Juventus fans before the Champions League match with Barcelona in November 2017 describes this perfectly. “Warrior among men,” it read across the curve court.
And this is what Mandzukic looks like throughout his career. He is a warrior who always plays for others. He played for coaches who couldn’t imagine a team without him because he ran for two and a half players. He played for his teammates who always wanted to have this kind of fighter by his side, for which he won the ball and opened up the space relentlessly. He also plays for fans who love him passionately. He helped everyone around him enjoy many trophies, as many as 18 of them were abroad. Today, at the end of his career, it may be time for Mandzukic to finally play some music for himself completely. Maybe it’s time to say goodbye to his jersey in the world.