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Before joining the Euro 2016 Germany team for their pre-tournament training, Arsenal’s German attacking midfielder Mesut Ozil visited Mecca last week to perform the holy Umrah pilgrimage.
The Arsenal midfielder is one of the most popular Muslim football stars in the world along with Leicester City’s Riyad Mahrez and Adnan Januzaj of Manchester United.
Photos of Özil, 27, performing the Umrah in Saudi Arabia have gone viral on social media over the last few days.
Özil, who has Turkish roots, also recently paid a visit to Dubai where he gave tips to young promising footballers.
He later flew to Jordan where he played football with young refugees at the Zaatari camp and met up with Prince Ali, who recently ran for the FIFA Presidency.
The football star who was part of the German World Cup winning squad can often be seen reciting prayers every time before he steps onto theRead More »from Arsenal’s Ozil does Mecca pilgrimage ahead of Euro 2016