Özil is however, still the highest paid player at Arsenal when his commercial deals are taken into account in-fact the World Cup winner is the 12th most highly-paid footballer in the world according to Forbes.
The 26-year-old is reported to earn a total of £12.23 million per-season when sponsorship money is added on.
The Arsenal star has major endorsement deals with Adidas, Gatorade and Cyrus Genève and even his own Özil’s sports agency – Özil Marketing GmbH.
The agency represent FC Koln youth players Barış Sarıkaya and Anıl Çapkın both born in Germany to Turkish parents.
Özil also employs media consultant Roland Eitel and Haimspel, an agency which looks after his Facebook page and is on the books of Wasserman Media Group headed by Fahri Ecvet.