Mark Viduka has made a dramatic life shift since exiting football and now reportedly owns a coffee shop in the Croatian capital, Zagreb.
As revealed by ESPN journalist Michael Cain, the former Socceroos captain and English Premier League striker is now living in his parent's birthland, Croatia.
Viduka was born in Australia to Croatian parents who fled the then war-torn nation to set up a life in Melbourne. After making his name at Melbourne Knights, he briefly returned to Zagreb to join Croat giants Dinamo Zagreb.
Former Socceroo striker, now coffee shop owner in Zagreb.— Michael Cain (@caineyten) April 4, 2020
“I was always in the spotlight. Lot’s of pressure. Now, my only pressure is making a good brew for customers.”
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While he remained intensely patriotic for Croatia throughout his career, his spell at Dynamo was short-lived due to a mixture of political instability in the Croatian league and a lucrative offer from Scottish giants Celtic.
The famously reclusive striker now says he's much happier with a simpler life out of the spotlight.
“I was always in the spotlight," Viduka said. "Lot’s of pressure. Now, my only pressure is making a good brew for customers.”
ESPN is reportedly broadcasting an interview with Viduka called 'Mark Viduka Uncovered' on April 6.