Mesut Ozil is a highly skilled attacking midfielder who has played for top clubs such as Real Madrid, Arsenal, and Fenerbahçe. At 34 years of age, he has had a significant impact on football throughout his career, and continues to do so.
In his prime, Ozil was one of the most creative and dynamic attacking midfielders in the world. He possessed exceptional vision, passing ability, and a deft touch that allowed him to unlock even the tightest defences. He was a key player for the German national team during their 2014 World Cup victory, and has won multiple domestic and European titles with his club teams.
He has won a League title (including Spanish La Liga), League Cups (including the English FA cup, German’s DFB-Pokal, and Spanish Copa del Rey), UEFA Under-21 Championship and several others, including individual honours.
His assist is compared to no one and sometimes adjudged as the most selfless player of all time.
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If not for the fact that today’s Balon d’Or is meant for only goal scorers, he could have had one to his name.
However, in recent years, Ozil’s impact on the field has been somewhat diminished due to various factors, including injury and inconsistent form. In addition, his departure from Arsenal in 2021 was a contentious one, with many fans and pundits questioning his commitment to the club.
Despite these challenges, Ozil’s legacy in football is secure. He has been a role model for many young players, particularly those of Turkish origin, and has helped to break down barriers and stereotypes in the sport. He has also been a generous philanthropist, using his platform and resources to support charitable causes around the world.
In conclusion, while Ozil’s impact on football at 34 years of age may be lessened compared to his prime, he remains a respected and influential figure in the sport, both on and off the field.
His retirement from both country and club football on March 22, 2023, at age 34 is something that football lovers and the world will never forget.
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