With three goals in six games, André Schurrle won the World Cup in Brazil in 2014 while playing for Germany.
After a last spell with Spartak Moscow nine years later, he has already resigned from football at the age of 29 and has discovered a new path in life: the Wim Hof method, one of the world’s most difficult endurance tests.
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It’s true that he climbed the Sniezka mountains, the highest point in the Czech Republic at 1,603 metres above sea level, while leaving his torso exposed.
He describes it in the following way on Instagram: “I had to dig deep inside of me to find something to keep going in the last few minutes when I couldn’t feel anything. An encounter I’ll never forget! 19 degrees, a wind gusting to 100 km/h, a lot of snow, and rain. What I discovered is that, if I put my mind and soul into something, my body and I are stronger than I had previously believed.”
During his playing career, Andre Schürrle won the World Cup, the Premier League, and the DFB-Pokal.
The winning goal for Germany by Mario Götze in the 2014 World Cup, which gave unmatched ecstasy to a nation that loves football, was assisted by the then-Chelsea winger.
Yet, as Alasdair Hooper notes, his retirement and new career serve as a reminder that a person’s happiness is what matters most.