German World Cup winning midfielder Mesut Ozil has almost everything. There is that deadly first touch that can shield the ball away from defenders. His ability to read the game in attack means he can find a killer pass either with a ball in behind the defence or a chipped cross.
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Last season was his best in an Arsenal shirt, falling one short of Thierry Henry’s record of 20 assists. He created 146 chances for his teammates which was a Premier League record, beating out Frank Lampard’s record of 134 in 2008/09.
However, the German Zidane can sometimes go missing and his unselfishness in front of goal can frustrate even his biggest fans. He only scored six times last season with just 20 shots on target. Arsenal would have been top of the league if the 27-year-old could only score more often.
Ozil ranked first in assists in major European and domestic competitions with 25. In 2011–12, he ranked first in assists in La Liga with 17.
The German playmaker was the joint-highest assist provider at both the 2010 FIFA World Cup and UEFA Euro 2012, registering three at each tournament.
Ozil gained international attention during the 2010 FIFA World Cup and was nominated for the Golden Ball Award, which is awarded to the tournament’s best player.
As part of the BigShoe project, Ozil donated his 2014 World Cup winnings, an estimated £240,000, to pay for 23 sick Brazilian children to have medical surgery as a “personal thank you for the hospitality of the people of Brazil.