Former Germany international and Arsenal playmaker Mesut Ozil got married in Istanbul turkey with Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan as his best man.

Özil, 30, who is of Turkish origin, sparked controversy last year when he was photographed with Erdoğan, raising questions about the footballer’s loyalty to Germany on the eve of their disastrous 2018 World Cup campaign.

Ozil has dated Gulse since 2017 and the couple announced their engagement in June 2018.

The footballer, a third-generation German, whipped up a political storm when he was pictured alongside Erdogan last May.

Criticism intensified after the red-faced defending champions crashed out of the first round of the World Cup in Russia.