Though having a steep decline in form of late, Mesut Ozil will be renowned as one of the greatest play-makers the game has ever produced. On the German International’s 26th birthday, we present some never-to-miss facts on the creative midfielder with a wish that the talented artisan will get well soon-
1. On Summer transfer deadline day of 2013, Arsene Wenger completed a club record £ 42.5 million signing of Ozil. This transfer makes him the most expensive German football player in history.
2. Ozil is a German of Turkish decent. “My technique and feeling for the ball is the Turkish side to my game. The discipline, attitude and always-give-your-all is the German part”,once he said about his playing style. He maintains his routine of praying Quran before the start of the game.
3. After his successful campaign in World Cup campaign in 2014, he received the BAMBI award which recognizes German persons who inspired the countrymen with their vision and creativity. Franz Beckenbauer, Celine Dion and Ruhmann are some of the notable earlier recipients of this award.
4. Ozil is one of the few Germans who are shaky when it comes to take the spot-kick. He missed three successive penalties, two for Arsenal and one for Werder Bremen. In the interim, he was not given the responsibility to score from 12 yards, not for once, at Berbaneu.
5.Taking the stats from 2009-10 season when Ozil started to emerge, He succeeded to record 90 assists in 221 games, which is more than Lionel Messi’s tally of 85 assists of 236 matches. Cristiano Ronaldo’s numbers did not even come closer to him.
6. His interesting nicknames comprise of “der Rabe”, “German Messi”, “German Zidane” and “der Neue Diego”. His team-mates at Real Madrid liked to call him “Nemo” in reference to the clown-fish Nemo from the movie “Finding Nemo”.
7. Not a large class of players has received a great bit of appraisal from the Special One. But Jose Mourinho once said on Ozil: “Ozil is unique. There is no copy of him – not even a bad copy.”
8. Though the midfielder is not specifically well known for his goal-scoring potential, Germany has not lost a single game when he scored. Moreover he was the highest goal-scorer for Germany in 2014 World Cup Qualification campaign with eight goals.