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Toni Kroos Reveals He Was Branded a 'Nazi' for His Comments on Teammate Mesut Ozil

Mudeet Arora
Toni Kroos was branded a 'Nazi' for Mesut Ozil comments
Toni Kroos was branded a 'Nazi' for Mesut Ozil comments / Denis Doyle/Getty Images

Real Madrid maestro Toni Kroos recently took part in a campaign against bullying on social media wherein he spoke about the time when he was on the end of abuse during a chat on Instagram Live with Germany President Frank-Walter Steinmeier.

Kroos revealed that he was even branded a Nazi following his comments on his former teammate Mesut Ozil.

"After the 2018 World Cup, I said that I didn't like the way that Mesut Özil went about announcing his time with the national team was over; at the time, I was a total Nazi for quite a few people. Blonde, blues eyes, it all fit in some people's perception," Kroos mentioned during his conversation with the German politician, who couldn't believe what he was hearing.

"But I managed to get over it," the player added, visibly affected.

Kroos further firmly believes that the anonymity of social media deserves to be addressed sooner rather than later.

He concluded, "These days, anyone can hide behind a false profile and insult people they don't know without anything to stop them," Kroos explained, before asking Steinmeier: "I'm sure it is something which you yourself have experienced first-hand. Politicians, like footballers, divide opinions" and for that reason, become the focal point for hate."