The Real midfielder has revealed that he has been the victim of serious insults on social media after criticizing the exit of Mesut Ozil.

Real Madrid midfielder Toni Kroos has revealed he has been called a Nazi by some on social media after criticizing the way Mesut Ozil announced his retirement from the German national team.

Ozil announced after the 2018 World Cup that he would no longer be available for the Mannschaft, claiming he was a victim of racism due to his Turkish ancestry.

Kroos said Ozil deserved a "better start" but felt the way he retired was "not right".

Kroos returned to this episode saying that many called him a Nazi after he took a stand because of his appearance. He said in a live Instagram chat with German President Frank-Walter Steinmeier: “After the 2018 World Cup I said I didn't like Mesut Ozil's retirement and the way he got it. And then I was directly called a Nazi by a lot of people: blond, blue eyes… everything suited a lot of people. "

Kroos: "I managed to overcome this"

“I managed to get over it, anyone can hide behind a fake profile and then insult other people with nothing to stop them,” he bid.

As a reminder, Ozil faced a lot of criticism when Germany failed in the World Cup group stage and then announced that he would no longer play for the national team. The attacking midfielder, who made 92 appearances for Die Mannschaft, went on to criticize the German Football Association (DFB) and its chairman Reinhard Grindel. "The treatment I received from the DFB and many others no longer make me want to stop wearing the German national team jersey. I feel unwanted and I think what I have achieved since my international debut in 2009 has been forgotten, ”he said.

He added: "In the eyes of Grindel and his supporters, I'm German when you win but I'm an immigrant when you lose."

Kroos insisted that Ozil was wrong to accuse the DFB and the German team of giving in to discrimination. He told Bild: “Undoubtedly, Mesut is an international who has a lot of merits and as a player, he deserved a better start. But the way he retired was not aligned. The parts of his statement which are properly addressed are unfortunately overshadowed by the significantly higher amount of nonsense. I think he knows full well that racism within the national team and the DFB does not exist. "