is ready to retire from professional football.

The former Arsenal star requested that his contract at Istanbul Başakşehir be terminated.

He already informed his teammates of his decision, as he failed to report to training this morning.

Praise for one of the world's best-ever assist men

once said, “he made me the world's best striker.”

Arsene Wenger lauded the midfielder's enigmatic playmaking technique: “If you love watching football, you love Mesut Ozil.”

Even his former boss Jose Mourinho who often criticized the player, had nothing but praise for the German when he said, “Özil is unique. There's no copy of him, not even a bad copy.”

The magician notched eight of assists in his career. The man could ball.

Despite leaving North London in January 2021, he still ranks 5th in 54 assists, going back to the start of the 2013/14 Premier League season.

This feat is all the more remarkable given the cult hero's reduced playing time in his last two seasons as a Gunner under and Unai Emery.

What will Ozil do in retirement?

Mesut Ozil is known to have a passion for gaming, , and cars.

He is an avid gamer and has been known to play various video games, including FIFA and Call of Duty.

He's also interested in fashion and has launched his own clothing line, “M10streetwear.” Additionally, he is a car enthusiast and has a collection of luxury vehicles.

Ozil has also been involved in several charity efforts and has made significant contributions to support various causes, including supporting sick children and refugees.