Mesut Ozil could become a professional player when he retires from football, according to his agent.
Ozil is still at Fenerbahce, which he joined when Arsenal agreed to let him go in January 2021, but faces an uncertain future at the Turkish club following a fallout with manager Jorge Jesus. The 33-year-old was left out of Fenerbahce squads towards the end of last season, with his last game on March 20.
The former Arsenal playmaker has two years left on his contract with Fenerbahce and is not looking to switch clubs, according to his agent Dr Erkut Sogut. “I don’t think he will play football at any other club again,” he said. The Telegraph. “I don’t see that – it will be Fenerbahce and that’s it.”
However, Sogut says Ozil is already considering his future away from the football pitch, with a move into the world of esports a real possibility. “He will go into esports more, play himself and maybe become an esports athlete,” he added.
“He’s really good, to be honest, at Fortnite and I think one day I wouldn’t be surprised if he was competing. He’s got a team – M10 Esports – and he’s got players. He’s got a house of game in Germany. It has soccer, like Fifa and Fortnite.
Ozil founded M10 Esports in partnership with esports agency eSportsReputation while still at Arsenal in August 2018. His team initially focused on Fifa but has since branched out to include Fortnite.
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“I have always played video games as an ambitious casual gamer. I believe that sports and esports have a lot in common,” Ozil says in promotional material on M10 website.
“As a professional football athlete and former world champion, I have a wealth of experience of what it takes to succeed in the world of sport. I want to help and develop young talent in esports and ensure that they benefit from my experience in football.
In 2018, Ozil’s dedication to the game drew some negative attention when a sports doctor claimed it may have contributed to a back injury that prevented him from playing. Ozil, who earned £350,000 in his final years at Arsenal, regularly streamed his matches on Twitch alongside former teammate Sead Kolasinac.