Ozil was also asked why he wears tape on his wrists when he plays football.
Ozil revealed that he wears the tape to protect himself from evil eye.
The evil eye is the belief that a person can harm you and your property by a malevolent glare, usually given to a person when they are unaware.
There are a number of precautions that can be taken to prevent evil eye. The blue Nazar Boncuk popular across Turkey is an amulet believed to protect against the evil eye. The practice of using a crystal blue eye dates back to Central Asia, during the ages of the shamanic Tengrism era.
There are however, different ways to protect ones self from evil eye using different amulets, prayers and spells.
If it believed that you have been cursed by evil eye one method that can be used to rid oneself on the effects of it is a ritual called ‘Kurşun Dökme’.
The ritual involves a kurşuncu (the person taking the nazar off you) who heats up the kurşun (lead) over the stove. The kurşuncu then sits you down, covers you up with a blanket, and pours the lead in a bowl of water, causing the water to splatter and the lead to take various shapes and forms.
The process is believed to get rid of negative energy and lift the curse.