Brazilian legend Zico has played up Arsenal star Mesut Ozil's chances of winning the Ballon d'Or, and described him as the brain of the German national team, according to Goal.

Ozil has turned in a series of impressive performances since making his £42.5million move from Real Madrid to Arsenal, and last night scored and assisted in Germany's 5-3 victory over Sweden.

Zico went as far as to say that the new Gunner was the brain of an incredibly gifted international side, admitting he was a great player.

"Ozil is a great player. He's the brain of the German national team," the 60-year-old said.

The Brazilian legend, who himself is historically recognised as an influential player for his country, went on to suggest that it was only right that Ozil be in contention for the coveted Ballon d'Or award, a trophy Lionel Messi has now won four times in a row.

"I already get excited just by seeing him play. He has the ability to read the game and play a killer pass," Zico said.

"Germany have not had a playmaker like him since Wolfgang Overath in the 1970s. It would only be right if he were among the candidates to win the Ballon d'Or."

However on the chances of Germany taking home the trophy next year- a feat that many believe them quiet capable of- Zico isn't so confident.

"Germany are a great team with the potential to win the World Cup, but I don't think they will win it.

"History is against them. A European team has never won the World Cup in South America."

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