Mesut Ozil Facts: 24 Facts About the Arsenal Player

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Mesut Özil Facts

Mesut Ozil (Özil) is one of the most famous soccer players in the world. He is currently contracted to the English club Arsenal London and was also playing for the German national team. 24 Mesut Ozil facts:

  • How old is Ozil? He was born on October 15, 1988, in Gelsenkirchen, Germany.
  • He has two younger sisters and an older brother called Mutlo. Mutlo is also Mesut Ozil’s manager. Before that, his father Mustafa was his manager, with whom he had allegedly fallen out in 2013. Ozil also has a two years younger half-sister called Denise, who is the result of an affair from Ozil’s father.
  • He learned soccer on the streets of his hometown Gelsenkirchen. Ozil says that he developed his brilliant technique and a fine feel for the ball on an amateur football field called “Affenkäfig” (ape cave).
  • Ozil’s parents separated in summer 2014. His father Mustafa was said to have had several affairs with other women and aired and graced like a pasha. Gülizar Ozil (Mesut’s mother) separated by the encouragement of her four children.
  • One of many Mesut Ozil facts says that Ozil’s role model is the former French midfield player Zinedine Zidane.
  • He rejected the Turkis citizenship at age 18 and took the German one. He gained a lot of criticism from his Turkish fans for this decision.
  • Mesut is a Moslem. Right before every football match, people can see him praying on the field. In May 2016, Mesut Ozil performed the Umrah in Mecca and posted an Instagram picture, which received more than 2 million likes.
  • Ozil has a big tattoo on his upper arm with the writing: “Only God Can Judge Me”.
  • Mesut is famous for his outstanding eyes. That’s why his fellow players in Real Madrid club called him “Nemo”.
  • Mesut married Swedish-Turkish model Amine Gülşe in June 2019. Best man was Turkeys President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan. The wedding also took place in Turkey.
  • He was in an on and off relationship with Italian-German singer Mandy Grace Capristo. The two were together from the beginning of 2013 until the end of 2014 but reunited by the end of 2015. Before that, Anna-Maria Lagerbloom, the sister of a very famous German singer called Sarah Connor was Mesut Ozil’s girlfriend. For Ozil, Lagerbloom converted to Islam and took the Turkish name Melek (Angel). She is now married to the Tunisian-German Rapper Bushido.
  • His transfer fee from Real Madrid to Arsenal London was 50 million USD.
  • After Germany won the World Championship in 2014, Mesut Özil called his mother. “She is always there for me and I wanted to share this special moment with her”.
  • Besides Manuel Neuer, Ozil is the only soccer player, who has a life-size wax figure in Madame Tussaud Berlin.
  • He is a supporter of the organization Big Shoe, which allows operations for children in poor regions. After the win of the German World Championship in 2014, Ozil paid operations for 23 children. The 23 stood symbolic for every player in the squad.
  • Ozil’s height is 5’11”.
  • Since 2013, he is under contract with German sporting goods manufacturer Adidas. Ozil was wearing the Silver Adidas Ace 16+PureControl shoes for Euro 2016. After a fight with his ex-partner, Nike, Ozil was forced to play around 6 months in white, nameless shoes.
  • One of many Mesut Ozil facts says that after the world championship in 2014, Ozil was the only player, who didn’t get a photo with German Chancellor Angela Merkel. The reason: he was just partying too extensively.
  • Has a mops called Balboa.
  • German soccer manager Horst Hrubesch once called Ozil the German Lionel Messi (FC Barcelona).
  • Doesn’t like to get called “German-Turkish” as he says that he was born and raised in Germany.
  • Mesut Ozil’s net worth lies around 100 million USD.
  • Ozil surprised his fans in 2015 with a very extraordinary haircut: a line from the front to the back of the head.
  • In 2017, Mesut Ozil released a book called Gunning for Greatness. My Life: With an introduction by Jose Mourinho.
Featured image: Mesut Ozil Arsenal Vs Watfordjoshjdss flickr – CC BY 2.0
February 19, 2017
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