Former Chelsea Star and World Cup winner Andre Schurrle has revealed his new pleasant but tasking vocation after he retired from football.
Andre Schurrle has taken the gauntlet to take part in the heinous challenge of trekking up a mountain half-naked in ice-cold conditions.
Schurrle retired from football in 2020 at the age of 29 and was a big loss to the German national team given his grace, skill, and sensational moves on the pitch.
Speaking on why he hung the boots, Schurrle said he needed to get off the lanes of suffocating competition that has swept through the game.
He explained “loneliness and endless competition, made him retire from the game prematurely at age 29.”
Andre Schurrle shared several images on social media of him climbing a mountain topless in freezing weather.
The mountain climbing challenge is said to be designed by motivational speaker and extreme athlete Wim Hof.
Bringing his experiences on the challenge to millions of followers on his Instagram handle, Andre Schurrle revealed the challenge is the hardest physical exercise he has undergone after football and he needed something larger than him, inside him to keep him going.
However, he added he has discovered the amazing power of his mind and soul if he puts them together, and his body has become stronger than he thought.
“Day 3 of the @iceman_hof experience and up the summit with our beautiful crew”, he wrote on social media.
“The hardest mental and physical thing I ever did! The last minutes i couldn’t feel anything and i had to find something deep inside me to keep going!
“An experience that I will never forget! -19 degrees, 100 km/h wind in our faces, heavy snow, and rain!
“Thanks @sukkhadas @nonokonopka @hgebang #linus for an unforgettable trip❤️ #noegowego 📸 @mountainguide_iml.”
Ex-Chelsea teammate Didier Drogba reacts
Didier Drogba, who played with the German at Chelsea, was quick to react to Schurrle’s post. The former Ivory Coast international wrote,
“Fashion week! Proud of you my man – my body would have stopped functioning straight away.”
Before hanging the boots, Andre Schurrle played for various clubs in Europe, especially in English and German leagues.
He played for Mainz 05, Bayer Leverkusen, Wolfsburg, and Borussia Dortmund. In England, Schurrle played for Chelsea and Fulham, before a loan spell at Spartak Moscow in Russia.
Schurrle scored 86 goals in 373 appearances during his club career.
He made 57 appearances for Germany, scoring 22 goals since he made his debut in 2010.
Schurrle has won the Premier League with Chelsea, including the DFB-Pokal, and DFL-Super Cup with Borussia Dortmund.
He was instrumental in Germany’s 2014 World Cup win, scoring three goals in the tournament.
His retirement came as a shock as his teeming supporters expected to see the German left-winger continue on his superlative performance on the field.