Mesut Özil has established himself as one of the best number 10’s in world football. Whether representing Germany or Arsenal Football Club, this incisive passer goes about his duties with calm and consummate ease.
However, this genie of the ball will not take to the pitch if his right boot isn’t put on first and laces done in multiple knots. Blessed with a touch that gently caresses the ball, Özil feels that the knots give him more control in his instep. As a practicing Muslim, Özil takes to heart the teachings that the right side of your body is your dominant side hence will enter the field with his right foot first. Even though he is left footed!
Click on the link above to checkout his interview with Adidas where he discusses these rituals.