Arsenal’s Mesut Ozil believes he can become a Ballon d’Or winner in the future

Arsenal midfielder Mesut Ozil says he is “convinced” he will become a Ballon d’Or winner in the next few years, and believes his critics are only fuelling him to become an even better player, reports Sky Sports.

The German international, 26, signed for Arsenal back in the summer of 2013 for £42.5M from La Liga giants Real Madrid, and was the subject of criticism all through his debut campaign for poor performances in the Premier League. His manager continued to stand by him, and has been somewhat vindicate in doing so in his second season, as Ozil has hit some form following his recovery from a lengthy injury.

But the ex-Schalke and Werder Bremen playmaker is aiming his sights a lot higher by aiming to win the Ballon d’Or award in the coming years. He feels the Premier League has toughened him up, and that his critics are making him determined to succeed. Ozil has scored and created eight goals in 13 Premier League starts this season, while creating 35 chances too. Missing just two games from Arsenal last 10 in the league, the German midfielder is targeting the Ballon d’Or in the future if he can build on his current form.

“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,” he said.

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