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Mesut Ozil Biography: Religion, Girlfriend, and Parents

Updated on June 11, 2015

During the greatest show on earth, otherwise known as the 2010 FIFA World Cup, we all come to know the name of "Mesut Ozil", a German midfielder. Now, after a year of amazing performances at Santiago Bernabeu and other corners of Europe, we all know how amazingly talented this left-footed 22-year-old boy has become.

But how many of us really know what Mesut Ozil is like in his personal life? I can't help but wonder when I hear people claiming to be fans, but don't acknowledge the fact that he is Muslim. So if you'd like to get to know a bit more about this talented football player, read on!

Mesut Ozil Biography

Mesut Ozil is a third-generation Turkish-German. Ozil's grandfather worked at a metals mine after immigrating to Germany 40 years ago. His father is self-employed, and his mother is a housewife.

Mesut Ozil was born on October 15, 1988 in Gelsenkirchen, West Germany. He started his career with "Shalke 04" at a age of 17, before moving to "Werder Bremen". After exhibiting the most impressive performance in World Cup 2010, Spanish giant Real Madrid bought him, coughing up 15 million Euros for his services.

Mesut Ozil: Muslim Extremist?

Mesut Ozil is a Muslim. Specifically, he is a devout Muslim, who recites Holy Qur'an before every single matches he has to play. Talking to the Berlin-based daily "Der Tagesspiegel", Mesut said, "I always recite from Quran before I go out (on the pitch). This really helps me to keep me focused. I pray and my team-mates know that they cannot talk to me during this brief period." Moreover he recites verses from the quran during the German national anthem as well. We can even see him doing munajat (praying) on the pitch during the match.

Unfortunately, I have recently found people accusing him of being an Islamic extremist in various online forums and blogs. This is because of his ex-girlfriend, Anna Maria Lewe. His enemies are spreading the rumor that Mesut forced Anna to convert to Islam. But none of that is true.

Mesut Ozil: Girlfriends

Anna Maria is a German model who was previously married to a Finnish soccer player, Pekka Lagerblom. After breaking up with Ozil, she is now dating a German rapper named Bushido. So, you can see she is always looking for opportunities. So, it is quite clear to me that she willingly converted to Islam. Her intention was to make Ozil fall in love with her. But somehow her tricks didn't work out. So it's pretty obvious that Ozil had nothing to do with Anna's "momentary obsession" with Islam. So accusations that Mesut is an extremist are nothing but lame fictions.

Mesut is now dating with Aida Yespica, a stunning beauty pageant queen who became Miss Venezuela in 2002. I hope this time things work out. One interesting point to consider is Mesut's taste in women. Mysteriously, he tends to choose women who are older than him. Anna and Aida are 30 and 28 years old respectively now while Mesut is only 22 and has a long and potential lucrative career ahead of him.

Mesut Ozil is praying in the match time.
Mesut Ozil is praying in the match time.
Mesut Ozil with his ex-girlfriend Anna Maria.
Mesut Ozil with his ex-girlfriend Anna Maria.
Ozil is caught while dating with his new girlfriend Aida Yespica.
Ozil is caught while dating with his new girlfriend Aida Yespica.

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      Alieu baldeh from Gambia 7 weeks ago

      ozil is the best footballer that i love in the world.may god bless u may u sucess here and here after. i love u 100% ozil

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      humayun kabir 4 months ago

      I do not know he is a muslim person.

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      bob 4 months ago

      were did he go to school

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      Md Shariful ( BangladAllah help you, Play carefully & go the greatest man in the world esh) 5 months ago

      Go ahead!!! Allah help You. Be careful your body & Mind.

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      abdulhamid 5 months ago

      Thx for being a

      good muslim

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      dinfa Nigeria 6 months ago

      pull fantastic is ozil. wish he help restore peace in all Islamic world, where there no peace.

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      Mohammad Uzzol 7 months ago

      I Like U Ozil Brather

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      dillip 9 months ago

      God bless u dude.always play cool

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      kabiru yakubu gusau 9 months ago

      I like u ozil

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      Muslim 10 months ago

      Awesome Ozil you are Muslim yay

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      Ada from Nigeria 10 months ago

      Ozil u re d best player I have ever seen in arsenal. I love u

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      shabhazbaig 10 months ago

      Ozil best of luck for your future.

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      Alhaj muhammad 11 months ago

      the best talented play that I ever like....mesut Ozil wish u all the success in ur life

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      Emir 11 months ago

      Ozil u are best player ever that i like most

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      Karim 11 months ago

      Mansha Allah

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      mohammed sadik 12 months ago

      weldone ozil we are proud of u .thank u may ALLAH bless u

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      jameel d jameel 12 months ago

      mesut is one of the most famouz footballer that i ever love in my lyv co0z he is very smart

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      muhammad 12 months ago

      ozil love frm nepal...bcoz u are muslim....and we proud pf you coz u are muslim.

      love u ozil...allah blessing u

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      Mas'ud Balami 12 months ago

      Mesut "Ozil I love u cuz you are the one that make arsnal fans to be proud of there team. May almighty allah be with you nd keep on leaving u as the best.

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      Suallah Halid Naik 12 months ago

      am very proud of u Ozill,May Allah grant u ur wishes. Ammen

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      Suallah Halid Naik 12 months ago

      am very proud of u Ozill,May Allah grant u ur wishes. Ammen

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      UMAR ADAM YADAGUNGUME 12 months ago

      I Am Umar Adam Ilove My Fans Becouse Mesut Ozil I A Muslim And He Praude On This Matter /religion Then Ilove Who He My Religion Tanx,

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      I am usman yunusa 12 months ago

      Am nigeria and i am arsenal fans i love the way ozil played

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      Ali 12 months ago

      Mesut Özil is my favourite Soccer player on the planet I am Ali Mohamed

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      ustad firdous shah 13 months ago

      I am Firdous and I am a big fan of your. I love the way what you doing for muslim.

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      HAMMED 13 months ago

      I AM FROM NIGERIA MY NAME IS HAMMED,I AM A MUSLIM AND I AM AN ARSENAL FANS ,I LOVE THE PATH OZIL FOLLOW.

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      md mafujar in india 13 months ago

      i love ozil, bkz he is a muslim

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      ozil 13 months ago

      the silent genius

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      RealTruth 13 months ago

      mesut ozil claims that he is a muslim but he has a girlfriend which is haram. He also wears earrings sometimes not most of the time and has tattoos. Just search on google images "mesut ozil tattoos" and it will show you pics of his tattoos

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      de rush quan 14 months ago

      i am very glad that Ozil is a Muslim

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      Hassandeeq Gedi 14 months ago

      am a muslim gentleman from somalia but live in Kenya currently

      Masut is a fantastic footballer I Support him for the Sake of Allah

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      Kazi Md: Zisan Nibir 14 months ago

      I am the Exceptional Fan of Mesut Özil....I am mad for his personal skills ...the every skills in YouTube of özil i download... And I am also play in mid fielder attacker ..I just not fan of him ..he is my life...özil is my exception... I like him very much ..his style of playing.. e.t.c ,,I live in Bangladesh... And I am also Muslim..so i want to be a player like him... At last I always try to follow his all styles. That's all..and my home town is Natore,Dhaka,Bangladesh

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      salam ullah khan 15 months ago

      Mesut I am so glad to hear that you are Muslim i am a big fan of mesut ozil(YOU) so happy my bro please do not leave Islam because it is perfect religion and inshallah you will see the reward of being Muslim in Jenna ( jannat). LOVE YOU

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      rouguiba24 15 months ago

      OZIL YOU ARE amazing. It a pleasure to see you and your teammates move around the field. You are cute . You are generous. You are talented and plus you have faith in God. May God Almighty guide you.

      Please do not worry about whatever they say about your religion

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      Lucky Matamboye 16 months ago

      It is admirable that Ozil has never allowed fame to mislead his from his religion and I believe this is why he remains relevant and still on top of his game...praise be to Allah

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      Awal Mohammed from Ghana but lives in Brazil 16 months ago

      Apart from me being a arsenal fan admired this gentleman since I new he was a Muslim n I pra to Almighty Allah to strengthen him in his Ibada and I want to get in touch to talk to him so can u pls help me do that. Insha Allah tank u do much for the opportunity

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      Abdul gaffur baraka mohamed 16 months ago

      ozil may Almighty guide you in your career en never denounce islam

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      stay as a muslim never leave the Islam inshallah U will end up injanaat and i hope you good result anywere you are 16 months ago

      Stay as a muslim never leave Islam

      Every girl that you have try to convert islmam

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      Asif Iqbal 17 months ago

      Keep up the good work (y)

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      DB 17 months ago

      Now he talk quite negatively about his team mate, not so nice..

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      armaan ali 17 months ago

      stay as a muslim.never leave islam.inshallah yo will end up in janaat.

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      America 18 months ago

      Why would you

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      Abdirashid Ali 19 months ago

      Allah(s.w)is with you my lovely brother ozil,stick to your religion.

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      Abdul Quddus 19 months ago

      Well, people can say whatever they want,Ozil is still a living legend. He's a Muslim and I love him for that

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      khan prince 20 months ago

      MY fav football player

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      Kasoola Ivan 20 months ago

      There Is Only One Mesut Ozil! I Love U Ozil

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      Your Name 20 months ago

      he is my best player

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      Kaled 21 months ago

      Ozil is really good player who is always focused to his religion, games, and practice my favorite player is o

      zil

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      Nicholas T. Watson 21 months ago

      Metzut has qualities to be ballom d'or winner. Ozil is my best football player on planet earth. His game is calm and fantastic.

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      umair khan 21 months ago

      I'm ur big fan ozil.....may Allah blessed u......

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      Ibrahim 22 months ago

      Great guy are really like how you play one day I will be your model.....⚽️⚽️

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      Fatimah Tayeba 22 months ago

      Ozil is very good and a kind hearted man, a good player even though i support man city. He is an amazing man

      He is my hero and i an only 11

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      qazeem olabisi Ajasa 23 months ago

      I personaly like him been a muslim ,Arsenal player and creative person.

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      ghttat 23 months ago

      he's not a muslim if he has girlfriends

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      MUSTAPHA BABS 2 years ago

      HAPPY BIRTH DEY OZIL MAKE ALLAH GAVE U LONG LIFE AND POSPERITY AMEN

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      Laher 2 years ago

      I like Ozil coz he is an exxcellent player and he is a Muslim.

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      naocha 2 years ago

      Ojil is so cute

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      Abdul 2 years ago

      why are you all saying you love him because hes muslim.

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      aaliyah 2 years ago

      I love. Ozil coz he is excellent and he is a. Muslim

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      Mahmuda Akter Trisha 2 years ago

      I Love Ozil Coz He Is Muslim.And I Love Muslim players

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      Umar 2 years ago

      Iove ozil due to his muslim carear

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      ASAINI ABU 2 years ago

      ilove all musslim flayers ilove ozil coz he is a muslims

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      SILLAH MOHAMED (OZIL) 2 years ago

      I LIKE MESUT OZIL COZ HE IS A MUSLIM,AM A SIERRA LEONEAN.MAY GOD BLESS PROTECT US ALL.

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      ALHAJI V SHERIFF 2 years ago

      I LOVE OZIL COZ HE IS A MUSLIM MAY GOD GARD AND PROTECT US ALL.

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      ALHAJI V SHERIFF 2 years ago

      I LOVE OZIL COZ HE IS A MUSLIM MAY GOD GARD AND PROTECT US ALL.

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      Hadi Hafeez 2 years ago

      I like you because you are muslim, and you are really great,then i want to be a player like you

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      mbako 2 years ago

      OZIL WE MUSLIMS ARE SEEING YOU AS OUR MESSI

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      olu solomon 2 years ago

      master crafta

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      sameer 2 years ago

      you are the great dear we trust you !

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      Abu Taher 2 years ago

      I love you ozil.coz you are muslim.I'm always praying for you.good luck.

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      Kuany deng ngor 2 years ago

      Ozil u great player we love all am from s.sudan

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      Usmanistic 2 years ago

      He should marry a muslim girl,or if he wants to marry a christain,he should make her to convert to islam

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      YASIR 2 years ago

      SLM I LOVE YOU & YOUR FAMILY

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      rida.kazmi70@yahoo.com 2 years ago

      OZIL IS BAEEEE........

      I LOVE U SOOOOOOOOO MUCH

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      immanuel xoute 2 years ago

      Ozil u r da best play maker I have ever seen

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      Ayaan Mahamud Abdikarim 2 years ago

      Mesut ozil your are the best player I see for my life go head and dont look back l love you

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      Alice 2 years ago

      Wel, I thnk, if he is a Muslim...He shld be very cautious...In choosing...and if he is a Muslim...He should not do like this...He should marry a Muslim girl!

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      Abdulmageed Alshahrany 2 years ago

      ozil is the best

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      Abdulmageed 2 years ago

      ozil u r my best player and i want u to marry a muslim woman so ur children can be amazing like u and to make ur fans happy;-)

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      sana 2 years ago

      Ozil...is my best player in football . I don't know you read it.But I tell you

      "I love you so much".

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      A fan of Ozil 2 years ago

      U must marry a muslim girl, bcoz you are a famous person.So you should be aware about your image.We love you .

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      A fan of Ozil 2 years ago

      U must marry a muslim girl, bcoz you are a famous person.So you should be aware about your image.We love you .

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      aminur 3 years ago

      I don't like German football. But I like ozil. Because he is the only cool player of Germany

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      lindy 3 years ago

      Ozil should marry me because i'm ready to convert to Islam. There was a time that doctor's took me on bed rest cause i was and i'm still obsessed with Ozil :)

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      GUI 3 years ago

      Did ozil get a tattoo after he became Muslim

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      muniir187@hotmail.com 3 years ago

      ozil that is ok ozil you besty boy of mans muslim play game futbooll the world

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      ALIS SYAF 3 years ago

      I DO NOT LIKE TO WATCH FOOTBALL.BUT AFTER I WATCH GERMANY VS ITALY DURING EURO 2012,I LOVE GERMANY EVENTHOUGH I AM FROM MALAYSIA.

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      Md Jalaluddin. 3 years ago

      My favourite player in the world.

      Ozil.

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      Israt Jahan Bangladesh, Asia 3 years ago

      I think today i the Eid day in Germany. So Mesut, best wishes for this festival. EID MUBARAK.

      And Ahmed I think you should not interfere to any other's comment. Because here everybody is free to post their comment .

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      ahmed 3 years ago

      The guy won't read any of ur comments so why give him advice l just wish him a best n Allah guide him to the right path amiin

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      Israt Jahan from Bangladesh, Asia 3 years ago

      Mesut, Thank you for your donation to the brazilian sick children. Proud of you bro..........

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      lina 3 years ago

      Marry Mandy Grace n bring her to islam....

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      djihan 3 years ago

      Congratulation özil for the WORLD cup you are a very good player .I see you when you play with my country in thid world cup .and to be justes we play better than you but you were very lucky to wiin us .I am realy proed of you to be a musliim you are very lucky to be a muslin .but actuly I respect you more when I see that you stand up whith ghaza because you do not have to bs muslin to stand up with phalestine you just need to be humen .I wich than w ll find your true love a muslim girl why not algerian girl .. Allh is always with us with all my loooove .love you..

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      Sarah 3 years ago

      It's nice to see famous Muslims in the European countries .

      The best thing is that Ozil knows how to read Arabic !!

      That's amazing !

      And regarding his women ,it's better for him to have a Muslim woman.

      There are lots of decent women in Turkey .

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      Iam Ozil fan 3 years ago

      If i were Ozil i would not like anyone to suggest whom i choose in life. Leave him 'alone'!! Come on ain't you got a life of your own to make wise decision? And all the good wishes to ozil just be you

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      Israt Jahan form Banglaesh, Asia. 3 years ago

      Mesut, don't give up your eman to the evil. Keep faith on Allah. I Believe that, German won the world cup only by the grace of Allah. And don't think about your girlfriend, but think about your wife. At first make your carrier. Remember one thing Allah has created your lifepartner. He will sent her to you on the right time. Best wishes for you. LOVE YOU.

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      Mitha 3 years ago

      If his gf non

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      sofiur rah 3 years ago

      Ojil me an Indian Muslim going to say u to marry a Muslim nd for better ur next generation. Nvr go to wrong. Me highly satisfied for great victory

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      ABDIQAFAR JELLE {KENYA} 3 years ago

      OZIL UR AMONG THE BEST PLAYERS ON EARTH PLEASE FEAR UR GOD AND FOLLOW COMMANDS OF GOD

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      Bash 3 years ago

      Ozil you are the most awesomest player I have ever seen. So I would say get a Muslim wife. Because with the help of Allah victory will be at your doorstep. Love you Ozil. PS I am a muslim