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Mesut Ozil

Published : Jan 12 2017 | Modified : Jan 12 2017

Mesut Ozil was born on October 15, 1988, in Gelsenkirchen, Germany. Despite his Turkish descent, his entire life he has been committed to Germany. He has practiced football since he was 6 years old. In his family, his parents Mustafa and Gulizar and his siblings Mutlu, Nese and Dugyu, everyone love soccer.

He began his football career when still a teenager in Falke Gelsenkirchen and Westfalia 04 Gelsenkirchen clubs. Ozil signed his first contract with Rot-Weiss Essen club in 2000 and played there for five years. In 2005, Mesut began playing for the Gelsenkirchen Schalke 04 youth team where he almost at once became one of the leading players. Despite very high game level Ozil did not appear on the pitch frequently and had no chance to score.

In 2008, the 20-year old footballer signed a three-year contract with Werder Bremen and the transfer cost around 4 million euros. Ozil secured a spot in the team’s main squad at once and during next two seasons scored 13 goals. As part of the Germany youth national team he won the final of the UEFA European U21 Championship in 2009.

The same year the young footballer got an official invitation to join the main squad of the Germany national team and made his debut in the main team on February 11 in the match versus the Norway national team. Mesut Ozil is one of the young footballers who was meant to become a new leader for the Germany national team. On August 17, 2010, the footballer joined Real Madrid. The transfer cost more than 15 million euros. This year was prominent in his biography because he also received the Bambi award for being a prime example of successful integration within German society.

He made a sponsorship deal with German sportswear and equipment supplier, Adidas in 2013 and afterwards he introduced his own logo. Playing for Los Blancos the German turned into a top-class player. During three seasons Ozil featured in 159 matches and scored 27 goals. Yet, with the entry of Isco and Gareth Bale he was compelled to leave the club and eventually joined Arsenal on 31st of December in 2013 with the transfer of net worth £42.5m. According to the fact that he plays the role of Midfielder, he earns a huge salary of 7.28 million.

In his personal life, Ozil started dating singer Mandy Capristo in 2013. The relationship with his girlfriend ended in October 2014, following reports of Ozil being involved with another woman. On 12 November 2015, Ozil and Capristo appeared together at the Bambi awards ceremony in Berlin, suggesting that the couple is back together. As to his religion, Mesut is regarded as a perfect Muslim. Like every Muslim he also follows Quran and whenever he got time from his busy schedule, he read it.

Besides, he is the seventh most popular athlete on Facebook and Twitter, behind Cristiano Ronaldo, Messi, David Beckham, Neymar, Kaká and Ronaldinho, with 28 million Facebook fans and 14.2 million Twitter fans.

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