Özil, Mesut

One of the Germany World Cup 2014 winning team, this Arsenal playmaker of Turkish descent was awarded the Bambi award in 2010 for being a prime example of successful integration into German society. The player is a well-recognized Muslim who has stated that he recites the Qur’an before matches, prays regularly, and fasts. He has a massive social media following–one of the highest in the world among sportspeople with a staggering 62 million online fans. He recently received plaudits for donating his World Cup winnings to children undergoing surgery in Brazil.

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