Despite his successful career, footballer Mesut Ozil has struggled with personality issues throughout his career. He has fought to overcome these issues and has gone on to play for the German national team. In fact, he won Europe’s best young talent award at the 2010 FIFA World Cup. Here are some of the things you need to know about the man who has become one of the world’s most recognizable players.
The German footballer is a devout Muslim of Turkish descent. His father is Mustafa Ozil, while his mother is Gulizar Ozil. Mesut’s grandparents migrated to Germany from Turkey and later settled in the Ruhr industrial heartland.
Ozil was born in Gelsenkirchen, West Germany. He spent the first years of his life in a poor family, with his grandparents working as metal workers. During this time, he was known for being a shy kid. As he started to play, he discovered that football was his passion.
As a teenager, he became a part of the Schalke 04 youth system. In 2005, Ozil started playing football as a central attacking midfielder. In 2007, he played for the German under-21 team. After a short stint with the youth team, he joined Werder Bremen in 2008. In the 2008-2009 season, Ozil was one of the top midfielders in the Bundesliga. He played in the Bundesliga for the first time as a starter, and he ended the season in second place. In 2009-10, he helped Werder Bremen to the DFB-Pokal final.
In 2010, he signed a contract with Real Madrid for EUR 15 million. In 2011, Ozil was named the DFB-Pokal player of the year. He also won the Europa League’s best young talent award.
Ozil made his debut for the German national team against Norway on 11 February 2009. In the second half of the season, he played twelve games. In the final part of the season, he scored two goals and provided two assists. He also scored his first goal in a competitive match for Werder Bremen in the Bundesliga, against Karlsruher SC on 26 April 2008.
Ozil was reportedly a fan of footballer David Villa. However, after the two players clashed on the field, Ozil and Villa started arguing. When Ozil tried to push Villa away, Villa responded by hitting him. A video was later released, showing the resulting fight.
After the 2014 World Cup, Ozil donated $329,000 to help children in Turkey and Syria. Ozil also financed 23 surgeries for children in Brazil. A book has been written about the German footballer. In the book, the author dedicates his book to Ozil.
As of October 2016, the footballer has a net worth of $120 million. His net worth comes from his football career and sponsorships. He is reportedly considered the world’s most expensive German footballer of all time.
Despite his success, he is also known for his complicated dating life. He has been in relationships with singer Mandy Capristo, German model Anna Maria and former Miss Turkey Amine Gulse. He has a daughter, Eda, with Amine Gulse.