I’ve never even paid that much attention to him refusing the pay cut anyway. The worst part about that is all his teammates accepted it and he didn’t, despite being the highest earner by far. It’s not as if the representatives of all his teammates are all dim lows and wouldn’t have been thinking along the same lines that Özil’s would have , yet they all accepted it... I somehow doubt that all the players that thought less of him are now patting him on the back, praising his amazing foresight. The idea is absurd.