Reykjavik (AP) – Icelandic World Cup star Rurik Gislason ended his football career at just 32 years old. Some time ago, he made the decision to put the football boots on the shelf, Gislason said in an interview with Icelandic broadcaster Stöd 2.
He does not rule out that he will take the shoes off again at some point. But now there are other exciting projects for him, including a television show in Germany, an Icelandic film and music, he has been quoted by the football platform Fótbolti.net and the news website “Vísir”.
During the 2018 World Cup in Russia, the Icelander with his long blonde hair drew a lot of attention on social networks. Before coming on as a stand-in for the game against Argentina, he had about 30,000 Instagram followers – a short while later, more than a million.
Gislason moved from Copenhagen to 1. FC Nürnberg in 2015. Half a year before the World Cup he had moved to SV Sandhausen, where he had played in the second division until this summer. His contract, which expired on June 30, was not renewed there, since then the Icelander has been without a club. He played 53 games for Iceland, scoring three goals.