Mario Gotze was once seen as Germany’s answer to Lionel Messi.
But after his steep rise to the top of the football world he could never quite meet expectations and, at 28, Gotze could make his PSV Eindhoven debut against PEC Zwolle on Sunday, as he bids for a fresh start.
After spending most of the first half of 2020 on the bench at Borussia Dortmund, his contract quietly ran out. There was little buzz around the attacking midfielder once he became a free agent.
Most of Europe’s top clubs did not seriously consider acquiring Gotze’s services during the summer and it took him until last week to secure a new club, as he signed a two-year contract with PSV.
Setbacks and frustration
Gotze’s downfall in recent years was caused by a mix of bad luck and astronomically high expectations.