Germany hero Goetze speaks for the first time since scoring THAT goal
His sumptuous control and volley against Argentina was one of the iconic moments of the 2014 World Cup.
While his heroics landed Germany their first World Cup title since 1990, Mario Goetze's silence has been deafening since the tournament's climax in Brazil.
What went through your mind when he took that ball down with his chest? How did it feel to score the goal that decided the World Cup? Why didn't you say anything after the final?
Nearly a month after the final, Goetze has finally opened up in an interview with German newspaper, the Bild.
The 22-year-old explained how instinct took over during his extra-time strike that won Germany the cup:
You don't really think very much when you're in a situation like that.
I could try to describe what happened to you but only after taking a look at the replay myself.
In the match it all happens intuitively.
He also revealed his reasons for keeping mum initially:
To be honest I had to let it all sink in first. I wanted to savour the moment.
I also wanted to avoid saying something in a moment of euphoria that would stick forever. I'd rather stay down to earth.
That's why I wanted to get away from it all for a while.
Goetze also talked about his campaign despite being dropped to the bench after the Round of 16:
Everyone wants to play as much as possible in the World Cup.
I think that I made a contribution to our winning the World Cup.
Whenever I got my chances, my performance values were alright. I kept training hard (after being benched) and kept believing in myself.