The man who’ll never have to buy a drink in Germany is fortunate both on and off the field of play. It’s good to be Mario Gotze today.
Few of us will ever know what is like to be a national hero, adored the length of breadth of their home country and assured a place in history.
But Mario Gotze, the 22-year-old wizard behind the 113th-minute goal that saw his nation lift the World Cup for a fourth time, most assuredly will.
The attacking midfielder calmly took the ball on his chest before slotting past Argentina keeper Sergio Romero, sending the German nation into a frenzy – once again kings of the world.
Man of the match Gotze said: ‘It’s unbelievable. I scored but I didn’t really know what was happening. ‘A dream has become a reality and we are going to have a great party. It is absolutely sensational.
‘It wasn’t a simple tournament for me. I owe a lot to my friends and family.’
But who is the young German superstar, who has now half-volleyed his way into the annals of global footballing history?
He was born in the town of Memmingen, Bavaria. His father Jurgen Gotze, was a professor at the Dortmund University of Technology. His girlfriend is the glamorous German lingerie model Ann-Kathrin Brommel.
Indeed, Brommel, 24, and Gotze’s relationship was first made public by the two in very revealing pictures taken on a yacht in Ibiza in late 2012.
Having been together for the past two years, Brommel has told Germany’s GQ magazine that she is still enjoying simply being Gotze’s girlfriend and has no desire for anything more serious at the moment.
‘Someone whose purpose in life it is to be the wife of someone I can not understand,’ said Brommel in September.
‘Although I am also the girlfriend of Mario Gotze, but I have my own personal goals I want to achieve. Otherwise I could not be more happy.’
Neither could we.