The German-born footballer was forced to play for Ghana, instead of his native country, because of racism showed against him in 2009
Mesut Ozil withdrew from international football after claiming he felt he was racially discriminated.
And the German footballer has found allies and detractors in the process.
But one footballer understands him well, this is Kevin-Prince Boateng.
The Berlin-born player was forced to play for Ghana, instead of his native Germany after two incidents marked his life.
He fouled England’s Michael Ballack and ended his chances to be in the 2010 World Cup.
And he also fouled Wolfsburg’s Makoto Hasebe, gaining the nickname “Bad Boy” of football.
After these incidents, he was racially profiled and never recovered from it.
“To be honest, I was shocked, because I never expected it,” Boateng told ESPN.
“I think that it was a stress reaction. I have been there.”
“I know what’s it like when everyone has a go at you when criticism is harsh, and your family is part of it. This drags you down and you can’t get on with your life,” he said.