Attacking midfielder who starred at the 2010 World Cup tournament and helped Germany capture a World Cup title in 2014. He played for Real Madrid from 2010 to 2013 before joining Arsenal. He began playing for Fenerbahçe in 2021. He announced his retirement from football in March 2023.
He played for his first major club, FC Schalke 04, in 2005, and appeared in 30 matches for the the team before joining Werder Bremen in 2008.
He tallied three assists during the 2010 World Cup as Germany finished in third place behind the Netherlands and Spain.
In 2017, he began dating former Miss Turkey Amine Gulse. They married in June of 2019. He previously dated pop singer Mandy Capristo and Anna Maria Lagerblom.
His unselfish play on the field began to draw many comparisons to the great Zinedine Zidane.