Mad ex-Chelsea star Schurrle treks up mountain topless in sub-zero temperatures

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    Most former footballers take it easy after retirement – but not Andre Schurrle.

    The former Chelsea man, who hung his boots two-and-a-half years ago at the age of just 29, has trekked, half-naked, up an icy mountain, contending with blistering winds and temperatures of around -19 degrees.

    He uploaded a series of incredible shots to his Instagram account wearing just shorts, a woolly hat, gloves and boots as he pushed his body to its limit in terrifyingly extreme conditions.

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    Schurrle revealed the stunt was part of the Wim Hof experience, inspired by Dutch 'Iceman' Wim Hof who is world-renowned for withstanding extraordinarily low temperatures.

    He explained on Instagram: "[This is] the hardest mental and physical thing I ever did! The last minutes I couldn’t feel anything and I had to find something deep inside me to keep going. An experience that I will never forget! -19 degrees, 100 km/h wind in our faces, heavy snow and rain!

    "What I learned… My body and I are stronger than I thought. If I put my mind and soul to it I can do everything."

    What's the coldest temperature you'd be able to withstand with your top off? Let us know in the comments section below.

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    A number of his 4.5million followers rushed to the comments section in amazement to offer words of support, including Chelsea legend Didier Drogba, who won the Premier League with Schurrle back in 2015.

    "@andreschuerrle proud of you my man my body would have stopped functioning straight away," the Ivorian wrote.

    Earlier in the week, Schurrle was pictured sitting neck-deep in an icy waterfall – also part of the Wim Hof experience.

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    The German, who won the World Cup in 2014 and set up Mario Gotze's winner in the final against Argentina, spent just a year-and-a-half at Chelsea, joining in the summer of 2013 before leaving in January 2015, mid-way through their title-winning season, having scored 14 goals in 65 games for the club.

    He also had spells at Fulham (on loan), Bayer Leverkusen, Wolfsburg and Dortmund.

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