Mesut Ozil is enduring another difficult season at Arsenal, but let’s put aside his football career for a moment.
The playmaker hit the headlines recently for speaking out against the Chinese state’s treatment of Uighur Muslims.
It was brave stance to take and in an era when Megan Rapinoe has criticised leading male footballers for not addressing issues of social justice, Ozil earned plaudits for raising awareness.
However, not only did Arsenal refuse to back him insisting they are an ‘apolitical organisation’ he received a backlash from the Chinese media.
Not only was the north Londoners’ 3-0 defeat to Manchester City blacked out on Chinese TV, Ozil has also been removed from the country’s version of Pro Evolution Soccer.
While the 31-year-old is often fairly criticised for his nonchalance on the pitch, not enough is said about the kind of man he is off it.
Back in June, he made a pledge to pay for 1000 children to have life-changing operations to celebrate his wedding to actress Amine Gülşe.
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