Mario Gómez García (born 10 July 1985) is a German professional footballer who plays as a striker for German club VfL Wolfsburg, and the German national team. Gómez joined Fiorentina after spending four seasons with Bayern Munich, which he joined after six years playing for VfB Stuttgart. At the time the fee was a record for a player transferred in the Bundesliga, estimated to be €30–35 million. The fee is currently the third highest, after former Bayern teammates Mario Götze and Javi Martínez, respectively. When Stuttgart became champions in 2006–07, Gómez contributed 14 goals and seven assists at the age of 21 and was selected as German Footballer of the Year.
With Bayern Munich, Gómez was the Bundesliga top scorer in 2011, and led Bayern to the Champions League final, where they lost to Chelsea. That same year he also led the German National Team to the European Cup semi-final, where they lost to Italy. Despite being the second top goalscorer, behind Fernando Torres, he was subsequently criticized for his style. Additionally, he was then dropped from the German national team squad, not to feature with the team until 2016.
Gómez can shoot with both feet, and is considered to be an aerial threat. His best ability, however, remains his ability to anticipate crosses and passes, and position himself to shoot. Arsenal manager Arsène Wenger described him as “a great finisher who is often in the right place to finish off moves.” Moreover, his body balance and ability to hold up the ball often creates trouble for defenders. During his time at Bayern, his ability to appear “at the right place at the right time” proved to be one of Bayern’s most lethal attacking weapons as Franck Ribéry and Arjen Robben could often outrun defenders and provide a cross for Gómez. However, despite his goal-scoring abilities, Gómez is often accused of having limited skills and a poor work-ethic.