Arsenal playmaker Mesut Ozil has revealed that he still dreams of winning the Ballon d’Or - a career ambition he has harboured since he was a child.
The Germany international, who has only shown glimpses of his best form since joining the Gunners in a £42.4 million move from Real Madrid in the summer of 2013, insists he has nothing to prove to his many critics.
The 26-year-old has often flattered to deceive - particularly on the big occasions - since arriving at the Emirates Stadium, but he still dreams of putting his name alongside the likes of Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo by securing football’s most prestigious individual accolade.
Ozil reveals Ballon d'Or dream
“When I was a kid I dreamed of winning the Ballon d’Or. I still have that dream,” Ozil told German newspaper Express, according to The Sun. “The issue of returning to Germany is not currently a question. I am really happy at Arsenal and I can calmly continue here.
“People have criticised me for my lack of goals but I have nothing to prove to them.
“I do not have a big ego. It is more important for me to create goals for others than to score them for myself.
“I don’t need to score goals to be happy. Assists are what make me happy.”
Ozil unlikely to ever win the Ballon d'Or
Ozil missed the best part of three months of this season through injury and has subsequently registered a reasonable - if unspectacular - three goals and six assists this term.
This record, of course, pales in comparison to the absurd figures set by both Messi and Ronaldo.
Messi is currently the favourite to win the 2015 Ballon d’Or after a spectacular start to the year, although there is still an awful lot of football left to be played before the votes are cast.
Unless Ozil produced something extraordinary over the course of the next nine months, the much-maligned Arsenal ace will be lucky if he sneaks into the top 10, let alone the top one.
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