He may not have been in Brazil, but Mario Gomez has spoken out and congratulated Germany on their World Cup win despite being turned away from the squad.
Following a poor campaign niggled with injuries leading on from his decision to leave Bayern Munich last summer, Gomez was left out of Joachim Low's selection for this summer's World Cup as he pinned his hopes on one main striker, Miroslav Klose.
Happy for the team
Even though he may he have been bitter after being ignored, the Fiorentina striker was very happy for the team and is proud that their hard work has been rewarded with the biggest prize in football.
"I am very happy for Germany," Gomez stated, according.
"They were the best team in the World Cup and have worked for so many years to get there. You could say they were the team that really had to win this World Cup, and they have. They were the best in all departments: the defence, the attack, the goalkeeper."
Gomez was particularly impressed by the performances of Manuel Neuer, who won the Goalkeeper of the Tournament award as he kept four clean sheets in seven games. In his opinion, he is 'the best goalkeeper in history'.
The Bayern Munich shot-stopper surprised spectators with his bold decision making and brilliant saves, acting as a sweeper as well as a shot stopper.
Currently, Gomez is preparing for the upcoming Serie A season after missing almost the whole of last season. He got his pre-season preparations under way with two goals in the team's warm up game on Monday.
So far in his Italian league career, the 29 year-old has made just nine appearances but has still found the net three times. His striking ability is known after his ten year spell in the German top flight with VfB Stuttgart and Bayern Munich.
In total he scored 175 goals in 293 games for the two sides collectively. Whilst at the Allianz arena he won two German titles and two German cups as well as the Champions League. It was only after being shunned out of the team by fellow Mario, Mario Mandzukic, did Gomez find it difficult to fight his way back into the side following injury.
Despite his problems, the tall forward is aiming not just for success in Italy but also on the International stage as he hopes to part of the next Germany side in the European Championships and the World Cup.
Germany national team manager, Joachim Low feels that Germany can go on to dominate the globe for many years to come after clinching victory on Sunday with a 1-0 win over Argentina. 22 year-old, Mario Gotze claimed the winning goal in extra time and as just one of the products of young talent that the country has flowing through the top Bundesliga sides, it seems that the Germany have found the formula for success.
But after nine years of service, will Low be open to looking back at the stars of old such as Gomez as the nation pushes on to dominate the world?
Do YOU want to write for GiveMeSport? Get started today by signing-up and submitting an article HERE: https://www.givemesport.com/writeforgms