Arsenal's Mesut Özil has told reporters that he is 'convinced' that he can win the Ballon d'Or within the next few years. The midfielder expects future personal success providing his development as a player continues at Arsenal.
The midfielder gained a world wide reputation for being one of the best link up players in the game. In 2011, Özil ranked first in assists in major European and domestic competitions with 25.
The German has already achieved the greatest feat in football after winning the World Cup with his national side. The midfielder has come in for some criticism for his performances of recent since joining the Gunners in 2013 from Real Madrid for the sum of £42.5 million. However, the 26-year-old has improved his form in recent weeks and now believes that further success is on the horizon.
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He told Sport Bild: 'If I continue to develop well and stay healthy, I would like, in the next few years, to hold the Ballon d’Or in my hands. I am convinced that it can happen.
'I’m feeling very positive. I’m a world champion and I play at a top club in the Premier League.
'There is much more of a physical test here than there is in Spain or in the Bundesliga – I constantly have bruises, but that makes me harder. I feel physically better than ever.'
The 26-year-old, who is currently on international duty with Germany, hit the headlines recently after being spotted in a Berlin nightclub. The photos of Özil were taken just hours after the German missed his club's victory against Newcastle. The midfielder was missing from the Newcastle game after he had complained of having a cold.
It remains to be seen whether Özil will become one of the best players in Europe once again and win the Ballon d'Or. The German will face strong competition from Lionel Messi and formaer team mate Cristiano Ronaldo.