Arsene Wenger backs Mesut Ozil for future Ballon d’Or win
Arsene Wenger admits that Mesut Ozil is not one of the favourites to win this year's Ballon d'Or but backs him to claim prize in the future
Arsene Wenger admits that Mesut Ozil is not one of the favourites to win this year’s Ballon d’Or award – but is backing the Arsenal playmaker to scoop the prize in future years.
The Germany international was named on the 23-man shortlist for the prestigious Fifa accolade last week among the likes of Lionel Messi, Cristiano Ronaldo and Gareth Bale.
But although Wenger does not expect to see the 25-year-old win the prize this year, the Frenchman feels that club-record signing Ozil is more than capable of scooping it in the future.
“This season I don’t think he’s one of the favourites,” said Wenger. “Is he good enough to win it in the future? I think yes.”
He continued: “What he has brought to the team is exceptional technical quality, his vision, his absolute desire to play collectively with other players in a very strong way.
“He’s a player who has only one master – that is football. That means he does always what the game demands and his ego doesn’t stand in the way of his game. All the great players have that.”