Arsenal center-back Shkodran Mustafi recently spoke with Arsenal player about being a dual national soccer player, and said that he believes he can be a role model to dual national children.
Mustafi was born in Bad Hersfeld, a town in Germany and also a fantastic name for an indie band, to an Albanian family. He has also spoken proudly of his Muslim faith.
“We don't really think about it, it's more that people say, ‘There are so many players who play for Germany who are not really German or are half German’, but it’s not important,” Mustafi said.
“When I was 14, I was thinking about my grandfather because I loved him and had so much respect for what he achieved. So probably for young boy from Syria for example, in Germany now, I'm that kind of person who can give him that strength to continue and to keep doing things the right way.”
In light of recent events and a seeming rise in xenophobia around the world these days, Mustafi’s sentiment is certainly a welcome one.