Arsenal star Mesut Ozil reveals Ballon d’Or ambition
Mesut Ozil discusses what he needs to improve if he wants to be a serious contender for the Ballon d'Or in years to come
Mesut Ozil has set his sights on following in the footsteps of Cristiano Ronaldo and Lionel Messi to win the Ballon d’Or.
The Arsenal playmaker’s best showing in the Ballon d’Or was back in 2011 when he came 11th behind eventual winner Lionel Messi.
Ozil has started the 2015-16 campaign in decent form, notching up one assist in three Premier League outings for Arsene Wenger’s men.
And the World Cup winner insists that he knows what he needs to do if he is to raise his game and put himself in the mix for world football’s most prestigious individual prize.
Ozil told ESPN: “I have to become more dangerous in front of the goal. I was injured for long spells last season, and scored only five in 32 competitive games.
“I want to improve this. To achieve it, I have to be a bit more egotistical.”
He continued: “You need to win major titles with both club and country.
“In 2016, the chances are there to do just that. We’ve got a great team at Arsenal, which can win titles.
“After two FA Cup victories in the past two years, we want to be in the mix for the Premier League title. We also need to beat the knockout stages curse in Champions League.
“The group stage clashes with Bayern Munich are a real benchmark test. And I want to win the European Championships with Germany.”
Ozil will be hoping to feature when Arsenal return to Premier League action against Stoke City at Emirates Stadium after the international break.
The Germany international, who joined the Gunners from Real Madrid back in 2013, missed last weekend’s 1-0 win over Newcastle United with a minor knee injury.