How does a world-class footballer become so good?
Are they born with natural skill and are always destined to become one of the world’s best players?
Or is it a case of whoever trains the most will become the best player?
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Well, Mesut Ozil has revealed the secret behind his incredible silky skills.
The German midfielder has been in magnificent form for Arsenal this season and is just two assists away from breaking Thierry Henry’s Premier League record of 20.
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But assists aren’t the only part of Ozil’s game. His incredible first touch is probably one of the best in world football.
So, how did Ozil get such an incredible touch?
"When I was younger, if I saw something lying around, I would try to juggle with it," Ozil told Arsenal Magazine, per Goal.com.
"I would always go on vacation with my friends and we would always play games like two touch using a tennis ball, or play with a basketball, which is heavier than a normal ball.
"[I didn't just play] with chewing gum or tennis balls, sometimes with basketballs or medicine balls too - even ones that are 5kg, though that is very difficult. Sometimes on the pitch if the game has finished and I see some tape on the floor, I'll take it and play with that too."
Ozil added: "What helped me before was playing against older people. I would play against my brother and his friends and they were always five or six years older than me.
"When I was 11, they were already 17 or 18. It was tough to play against them and the pitch I grew up playing on wasn't that nice, it always had stones on it.
"You had to be really concentrated when you got the ball. I think that kind of stuff helped me more.
"Juggling with tennis balls is good but I think what helped my technique was the pitch I grew up on in Gelsenkirchen," he concluded.
So there you have it. If you want to improve your first touch you must do keepy-uppies with almost every object you set your eyes on.
But Ozil’s assist and brilliant first touch looks unlikely to earn Arsenal any silverware this season.
The Gunners crashed out of the FA Cup quarter-finals against Watford while they were comfortably beaten over two-legs by Barcelona.
Arsene Wenger’s side sit 11 points behind league leaders Leicester, although they do have a match in hand, as they go in search of their first Premier League title since 2004.
Due to Arsenal’s lack of success, there were rumours linking Ozil with a move to another European giant but the German quashed speculation by tweeting that he was happy at the Emirates.
Arsenal fans: Do you think you can keep hold of Mesut Ozil in the summer? Let us know in the comments box below!
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