Mesut Ozil is a classic playmaker with a knack for delivering the perfect pass that few can match. Assists rather than goals are his hallmark.
After a few detours, Gelsenkirchen-born Ozil arrived at FC Schalke 04 aged 18 and began making a name for himself in the Bundesliga in 2006. He joined Werder Bremen in 2008, where his eye-catching performances earned him a move to Real Madrid two years later. He won La Liga and the Copa del Rey with Madrid before signing for Arsenal in 2013.
Ozil made his first senior international appearance for Germany in February 2009 and won the UEFA European U-21 Championship in Sweden that summer alongside several players who would go on to become world champions. He has been a key figure in central midfield for his country since the 2010 FIFA World Cup™, helping Germany to win the title in Brazil four years later.