Living in the shadow of other people is never appealing. However, there are a few who have broken the shackles and emerged as winners. This is the story of Mario Goetze, a young football player from Germany who singlehandedly carved a surprising FIFA World Cup this year for his country.
When Mario was a 19-year old teenager, football legend Frank Beckenbauer compared him with Lionel Messi, the Argentinian star footballer. It is ironic that Germany was playing against Argentina in the World Cup final and Mario, who came as a substitute scored the winning goal in the 113th minute of the game. Nobody would have foreseen him to achieve an equal greatness and emerge out of Messi’s shadow.
Mario was born on 3 June 1992 in Memmingen which is in Bavaria. He has an older sibling, Fabian who also a footballer and a younger brother who plays for the Dortmund’s under-15 team. Mario’s father Jurgen is a professor at the Dortmund University of Technology. The Goetze family is devout Christian and this has made Mario extremely religious.