Mesut Ozil
Mesut Ozil

A key member of Germany’s World Cup 2014 winning team, this Arsenal playmaker of Turkish descent was awarded the Bambi award in 2010 for being a prime example of successful integration into German society. In 2018, after receiving criticisim for posing with Turkey’s President and Germany’s poor World cup performances, Ozil announced his retirement from international football. He said “I am German when we win, but I am an immigrant when we lose,”. He has a massive social media following—one of the highest in the world among sportspeople with a staggering 73 million online fans. He received plaudits for donating his 2014 World Cup winnings to children undergoing surgery in Brazil

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