Turkish president Erdogan attends wedding of soccer star Mesut Ozil, a year after World Cup controversy

Former German international soccer star Mesut Ozil got married in Turkey Friday, with President Recep Tayyip Erdogan serving as a legal witness in the ceremony.

Ozil, who is of Turkish descent but played for the German national team until last year, married model, actress and former Miss Turkey Amine Gulse in Istanbul as Erdogan and his wife, Emine, served as the legal witnesses.

Turkey's President Recep Tayyip Erdogan speaks to Turkish-German soccer player Mesut Ozil and his wife Amine Gulse during a wedding ceremony over the Bosporus in Istanbul, Friday, June 7, 2019. (Presidential Press Service via AP, Pool)

Turkey's President Recep Tayyip Erdogan speaks to Turkish-German soccer player Mesut Ozil and his wife Amine Gulse during a wedding ceremony over the Bosporus in Istanbul, Friday, June 7, 2019. (Presidential Press Service via AP, Pool)

The decision to choose Erdogan came as no surprise to fans of the Arsenal midfielder after he publicly shamed German media last year for critiquing a picture he posted with Erdogan prior to the 2018 World Cup in Russia.

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He accused the German football federation, its president, fans, and media for what he saw as racism in how it treated people with Turkish roots, questioning if his Turkish heritage made him “a more worthy target” than other athletes.

Ozil issued a statement in July defending the picture, saying there were “no political intentions” behind it.

Turkish-German football player Mesut Ozil who plays for Arsenal (L) presents a jersey to Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan before their meeting in London, United Kingdom on May 13, 2018. (Photo by Kayhan Ozer/Anadolu Agency/Getty Images)

Turkish-German football player Mesut Ozil who plays for Arsenal (L) presents a jersey to Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan before their meeting in London, United Kingdom on May 13, 2018. (Photo by Kayhan Ozer/Anadolu Agency/Getty Images)

As a result of the backlash, Ozil quit the national team.

Not all Turkish athletes share Ozil’s sentiments toward Erdogan.

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Portland Trail Blazers star Enes Kanter has been hugely critical of the president which in turn he claims has made him a target of the government

While with the New York Knicks earlier this year, Kanter skipped the team’s game in London over fears he could be killed over his opposition to Erdogan. He also missed Portland’s game against Toronto in March.

Fox News Ryan Gaydos and The Associated Press contributed to this report.