At one point in his career, Mesut Ozil was the second-highest paid player in the English Premier League, taking home a salary close to half a million dollars per week. That is indeed a staggering amount, but once you take a look at the German’s journey, you will be able to comprehend (somewhat) how and why he reached such heights.
Today we take a look at just how wealthy Mesut Ozil is.
Mesut Ozil’s net worth in 2020 (estimate): $100 million
Celebrity Net Worth lists Ozil as one of the richest footballers in all the world with his 2020 net worth being a whopping $100 million.
Ozil started out his professional career with German outfit Schalke 04, where he signed a deal in 2005 as a youth player at the age of 17. Once he made the senior squad it was clear that Ozil was bound for greater things. Three years later, Ozil had a falling out with the squad because of his wage demands. He reportedly refused an extension worth $1.8 million in annual salaries because he believed he was worth more than that at that point in his career.
This led to a move to Weder Bremen in 2008, who purchased his rights from Shalke for $5.9 million. Other German clubs were linked to Ozil, but in the end, it was Weder Bremen who were willing to meet his wage demands as well as Shalke’s transfer fee valuation. By 2010, Ozil had already established himself as one of the best footballers in the world, thank also in large part to his performance in the 2010 World Cup with Germany.
Ozil departed the German Bundesliga to make the big move to Spain, joining none other than Real Madrid for a fee reported to be in the region of $18 million. He spent a total of three seasons playing for one of the best clubs in the world, and throughout this time, you can be sure that his bank account continued to grow substantially.
In 2013, Ozil was on the move again. This time around, it was English side Arsenal that came calling. The London-based club was so determined to land Ozil, that they reportedly paid Real Madrid $58.5 million for his services. At that time, this was the most expensive transfer fee paid for a German player in history. For his part, Ozil was pocketing $180,000 on a weekly basis at that point.
By the 2017-18 season, Ozil’s salary ballooned to $224,000 per week, which grew even further when he signed a new extension deal with Arsenal. Reports state that as of writing, Ozil is already on a $449,000 weekly salary, making him one of the highest-paid players in the whole world.
Having established himself as one of the top names in world football, Ozil was able to secure several high-income endorsement deals with some of the biggest global brands. His biggest sponsor is sportswear giant Adidas, who he reportedly signed a long-term deal worth $29.2 million.
Ozil has also been a long-time brand ambassador for German automotive company Mercedes-Benz. It is worth noting, though, than he hit a rough patch with the brand back in 2018. Ozil accused Mercedes of purposely omitting him from Germany’s World Cup promotional campaigns. Ozil believed that this was brought about by a meeting he had with controversial Turkish President Tayyip Erdogan. It is unclear if this episode had an effect, if any, on Ozil’s endorsement deal with Mercedes.
Not much is known about how Ozil opts to invest his hard-earned money. One of his investments that was made public, however, is his affiliation with the London-based Lewin Sports Injury Clinic. Along with former Arsenal teammates Petr Cech and Aaron ramsey, Ozil is also a part-owner of the sports clinic.
Ozil is quite the car enthusiast, and his collection of luxury vehicles serves testament to this fact. In his garage he has top-class brands such as BMW, Mercedes Benz, and of course, Ferrari. His fancy car collection is estimated to be worth up to $5 million.
Speaking of his garage, this is only a small part of his mult-million dollar mansion in London, which is a city that has one of the highest cost of living throughout the entire world. Reports state that Ozil purchased his London home in 2014 at $8 million — a value that has surely inflated through the years.
Despite his luxurious lifestyle, Ozil does not forget to share his blessings. In 2015, he was honored by the German Foreign Ministry as the nation’s Football Ambassador. This was brought about by Ozil’s charitable work involving sick children in the impoverished nation of Brazil. He notably also donated his 2014 World Cup bonus for this cause. More recently, it was reported that Ozil also donated $40,000 for the establishment of grassroots football program for refugees in Jordan and Indonesia.