Most footballers choose to become pundits, managers or coaches once they hang up their boots and call it a day as a player.
However, this does not seem to be the plan of former Arsenal and Real Madrid star Mesut Ozil…
To say it’s been a strange run for the former Premier League star since peaking at the Bernabeu and Emirates Stadium would be an understatement.
After leaving the Premier League six months earlier in 2021 following a falling out with Mikel Arteta, Ozil was banned by his new club Fenerbahce over a “physical dispute” with then-manager Ismail Kartal.
And now, in true Ozil fashion, it has been revealed that his future occupation will be something that definitely goes against the grain of typical gamer retirement plans.
In an interview with the Daily Telegraph, former Gunners agent Dr Erkut Sogut spoke about his client’s career.
But while much of the conversation was, unsurprisingly, about his time at Arsenal, Ozil’s agent also revealed what the 33-year-old wants to do after his career is over.
And, for Gunners fans, it probably won’t be much of a surprise.
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Describing the role as an ‘esports athlete’, Sogut explained that Ozil had a real knack for the popular games FIFA and Fortnite.
Ozil actually owns an eSports team, M10 eSports, which he launched in 2018, and the star’s agent has suggested he’s now considering taking over the role full-time when he retires.
During his time in the Emirates, Ozil was often accused of spending too much time playing video games, with reports suggesting he spent five hours a day on consoles.
After missing Arsenal matches due to back problems, sports doctor Ingo Frobose confirmed to the German newspaper BILD his belief that his playing habits may have been the cause, or at least exacerbated Ozil’s back problem.
Now, it looks like his passion could reach new heights, with his agent confirming that the Fenerbahce star sees video games as his future.
“He will be more into esports, he will play himself and maybe become an esports athlete,” Sogut said.
“He’s really good, to be honest, at Fortnite and I think one day I wouldn’t be surprised if he’s competing.”
At the moment, Ozil has two years left on his contract with the Turkish giants.
But if his deal is cancelled, Sogut explained that retirement would be the next step, rather than looking for another club.
“I think he will no longer play football for any other club. I can’t see that, it will be Fenerbahce and that’s it,” he said.
Ozil hopes to stay at the club, according to his agent.
But it looks like the former Gunners star could permanently ditch his boots for a headset and controller in the not-too-distant future.
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