Mesut Ozil is one of the Gunners’ star players and helped lead Germany to the World Cup title in 2014. But how much is the midfielder worth?
Mesut Ozil won World Cup 2014 with the Germany national team and multiple FA Cups and Community Shields with his current club Arsenal, marking him as one of the best players in the Premier League.
The midfielder signed a new contract to extend his stay at Arsenal in January 2018 and is now the second-highest paid player in the English top flight, behind former team-mate Alexis Sanchez at Manchester United.
Ozil recently retired from German national team following criticism of his performances at the 2018 World Cup, claiming he was made a “scapegoat” for the entire team. He announced this via social media with a series of letters in which he criticised the German FA (DFB) for making him “no longer want to wear the German national team shirt”.
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In January 2018, Ozil signed a new three-and-a-half year contract with Arsenal and is reported to earn £350,000 a week. The current deal runs until June 2021.
He is currently the highest-paid Arsenal player and holds the second-highest transfer fee for a German player in the Premier League at £42.3 million just below Leroy Sane’s £46m move to Manchester City in 2016.
*Based on reported Arsenal salary
Ozil’s most significant sponsorship deal is with Adidas, which he signed shortly after joining Arsenal on a seven-year contact. The deal is thought to be worth approximately £25m.
At the beginning of 2017, Ozil signed a deal with Beats by Dr Dre. He appeared in an advert alongside Tottenham forward Harry Kane and PSG’s Neymar.
The midfielder also works with footwear charity BigShoe, which helps children from poverty-stricken backgrounds seek the medical treatment they require.
Since June 2016, Ozil has been a brand ambassador for Mercedes-Benz, who also sponsor the Germany national team.
Following on from his retirement from international football, Ozil has accused Mercedes-Benz of ‘airbrushing’ him out of their World Cup promotions which is credited to his meeting with Turkey president Tayyip Erdogan.
Although Ozil’s net worth cannot be 100 per cent confirmed, it’s estimated to be about £36m. This is considering his wages from Arsenal, sponsorship deals and property investments.
According to Forbes, Ozil is the 17th highest-paid player in the world.