Real Madrid Player Mesut Özil Leaves Nike, Signs New Five-Year Shoe Contract With Adidas
Real Madrid and German int'l midfielder Mesut Özil "is reportedly leaving Nike and will from now on play in adidas shoes," according to Thomas Gassmann of the BERLINER KURIER. Özil "has reportedly signed a five-year deal with adidas." Including bonuses such as being voted world footballer of the year, winning the World Cup or Euro title, he will receive up to €3.5M ($4.54M) a year. The deal "was already signed on May 13." Özil's father Mustafa, who is also his son's advisor, said, "I can only say that we will soon present a new partner." Özil will also get his own adidas shoe, which "will be the world's lightest" with a weight of only 150 grams (BERLINER KURIER, 6/6).