Mesut Ozil might not have been as influential as he once was in recent times, but there is no shortage of fanfare for the German footballer. Often labelled as one of the best midfielders in the world, Ozil continues to be a vital cog for Unai Emery's Arsenal as the Gunners chase a top-four finish in the Premier League this season.
Even if he didn't get enough starts for Arsenal this season, Ozil continues to enjoy a strong fanbase, especially in India. The 30-year-old shares a special bond with Bollywood actor Ranveer Singh. And he's often seen engrossed in friendly banters with our 'Gully Boy' which has taken his fanbase to a new high in India.
Mesut Magic is a global phenomenon! :) India loves you, Mesut Bhai!— Ranveer Singh (@RanveerOfficial) March 5, 2019
But, for someone who is used to being chased by fans for autographs and selfies, Ozil had a fanboy moment recently when he met 'Bollywood Badshah' Shah Rukh Khan.April 1, 2019
The Arsenal star played host to 'King Khan' at the Emirates stadium before their clash against Newcastle in the ongoing Premier League season. Shah Rukh shared his photos alongside Ozil and his fiancee Amine Gulse with his fans that had the social media buzzing. "What a lovely evening @Arsenal congratulations. Thx @MesutOzil1088 & #AmineGulse for your warmth love & hospitality. See u guys soon in India," Shah Rukh wrote Twitter.
It was a big honour to have you as my special guest during yesterday's match! ðð¼ðð®ð³â½ Thanks for coming! @iamsrk || Kal ki match mein aapka swaagat karna mere liye ek sammaan ki baat thi. ðð¼ðð®ð³â½ Aane ke liye dhanyavaad. #M1Ö #YaGunnersYa pic.twitter.com/QKI52C2Sb8— Mesut Özil (@MesutOzil1088) April 2, 2019
With Shah Rukh in attendance, Ozil produced a spectacular performance to help Arsenal beat 'The Magpies', taking them to the third spot in the points table. After the match, he was also adjudged the 'Man of the Match' for his efforts. As Arsenal fans celebrated their rise to the third spot (for the first time since April 2017), Ozil thanked Shah Rukh, in Hindi, for attending their game as a special guest.
Here's a look at how Indian fans reacted to Ozil's touching 'Thank You' note for 'King Khan':
I see two kings.— LACANATION (@Fedup_Gooner) April 2, 2019
So much greatness in one frame! ð
Ek hi dil h kitni baar jeetoge yaarrr â¤
King of Bollywood meets the King of Assists. ððð½ð¥— S A D I A ♥ï¸ (@TheGoonerette) April 2, 2019
Goats— â½Vignesh Gunner â½ (@AmGunnerkid) April 2, 2019
INDIAN GOAT AND GERMAN GOAT ♥ï¸♥ï¸ pic.twitter.com/pEfb20Fy6G— WizardOfÖzil (@Obsessive_Ozil) April 2, 2019
My favorite actor alongside my favorite footballer— Sean ââ (@GoldenBoySean) April 2, 2019
2 legend single frame— Mahboob (@iMahboob9) April 2, 2019