Mesut Ozil - German Maestro with Turkish Roots

Mesut Ozil - German Maestro with Turkish Roots

Birthplace, first steps, teams, and transfers

Just in the middle of the autumn, on October 15, 1988, Germany received one of the most talented playmakers in their football history. In the city of Gelsenkirchen, the family of ethnic immigrants from Turkey was celebrating the birthday of Mesut Ozil, who then became a notable figure in football. With the initial steps in the local clubs, the youngster debuted for Schalke 04, being only 17 years old. With only five assists and zero goals in his first two seasons (30 games) in Bundesliga, Werder paid more than $5 million in 2008, at the end of January, for Ozil. According to Melbet in BD, that was a higher price than calculated by independent sources. There, Mesut showed all his mastery only in the second and third seasons, scoring 12 goals and assisting 31 times in total.

Such effectiveness allowed him to debut in the German jersey and turn the attention of big clubs. Thus, Real Madrid was ready to pay almost $20 million for the talented youngster 2010, who spent three years in Spain three seasons. Although Barcelona dominated in Spain that year, Ozil helped Madrid to claim one La Liga title in 2012. He was the best assistant in all three seasons he spent in Spain, surpassing even Messi (19, 19, and 16 assists, respectively, by years).

With the arrival of Gareth Bale to Madrid, Ozil understood his secondary role and decided to join Arsenal. Of course, it wasn't a surprise bet of the day, but the Gunners broke their transfer record, paying more than $51 million for Ozil, which also became the biggest fee for the German player at the time. In London, Mesut was one of the leaders on the pitch and played a lot with nice effectiveness, but in the season 2018-2019, he wasn't so good under the coaching of Unai Emery. With only five goals and two assists, Ozil showed a lack of discipline and soon left the club on loan, and then via free transfer to Turkish team Fenerbahce in January 2021. In the summer of 2022, he joined Istanbul Basaksehir, also for free, as he wasn't as good on the pitch as owners expected.

Stats, records, and jersey number

One of the key characteristics of Ozil during his whole career was his passing mastery and vision of the field. Combined with good technic and skills, his passes were always great, so Mesut was usually leading charts of best assistants. Not surprisingly, he scored almost twice as fewer goals as he gave assists: "only" 114 goals and 219 assists. He also won the prestigious nomination "German Footballer of the Year" record five times.

Personal life: girlfriend, net worth, and non-football activity

Mesut had relations with Mandy Capristo, but they were not long and interrupted several times. However, his second girlfriend became his wife. Ozil married Miss Turkey Amine Gulse, while the witness at their marriage was the president of Turkey, Erdogan. The couple showed the public that they gave birth to a daughter Eda in 2020. During his career, Mesut earned plenty of money; even the Betwinner code cannot offer such a sum. Thus, Ozil has a net worth of approximately $120 million, while his recent salary is about only $1 million.

Latest news and rumors

In 2022, most of the news about Ozil was related to his next contract. There were variants of continuing the cooperation with Fenerbahce, but everything ended with singing a deal with Basaksehir.

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