Scoring the game-winning goal of the World Cup can do any number of things to a person. In the case of Mario Gotze, he sort blacked out. The goal itself was incredibly technical and an amazing feat of athleticism, yet the way he remembers the moment, it wasn’t all that difficult — the ball just found the net on its own.
He put the world on their feet and he can barely remember how he did it. And it has thrust the 22-year-old Bayern Munich attacker into super stardom.
“Everything happened so quickly but it was great to see how much of a release it gave the team and how we still fought right until the very end,” Gotze said, via Fifa.com. “We thoroughly deserved to win it because we’re a great side. It’s an indescribable moment.”
Understandably, Gotze was lost in the moment — intoxicated by endorphins. The young man was mindful, however, to credit his teammates.
” … I think we played well as a team throughout the whole tournament and every one of us deserves this. It’s a great feeling for everyone in Germany and for us as a team,” he said, via Fifa.com.
Thomas Muller may have had the most goals on the German team, but Gotze had the one that will carve a place in World Cup lore.