Mesut Ozil's top five moments: From winning World Cup to equalling Thierry Henry's assist record and more

Mesut Ozil is considered as one of the best midfielders of his time and has produced many memorable moments throughout his career. Let's look into the top five moments of Mesut Ozil's career.

Mesut Ozil in action for Arsenal. Credits: Twitter/@Arsenal
By Hiranya Karnatak | Mar 22, 2023 | 3 Min Read follow icon Follow Us

Mesut Ozil, who is known by his fans as the “Assist King” has just announced his retirement from professional football. Ozil is widely recognized as one of the most creative and technically gifted attacking midfielders of his generation. He began his professional career at Schalke 04 and made his debut in 2006, but it was his time at Werder Bremen that earned him a reputation, winning the DFB-Pokal and being named the Bundesliga’s best midfielder in 2010. He then moved to Real Madrid in 2010, where he won the La Liga title, Spanish Super Cup, and Copa del Rey, cementing his status as a star player.

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In 2013, Mesut Ozil transferred from Real Madrid to Arsenal for a club-record fee of £42.5 million, following a successful stint in Madrid that lasted for three seasons. At Arsenal, he quickly became a fan favourite, helping the club to end a nine-year trophy drought by winning the FA Cup in his debut season. Ozil was a crucial player for Arsenal over the next few years, making valuable contributions with numerous assists and goals, which played a part in the club’s success in winning two more FA Cups. Additionally, Ozil was a prominent member of the German national team and played a pivotal role in their 2014 World Cup triumph.

Despite making a promising start at Arsenal, Mesut Ozil’s career at the club gradually declined towards the end of his time there. He lost favour with the new manager Unai Emery and was later excluded by his successor Mikel Arteta. In January 2021, Ozil departed Arsenal and joined Fenerbahçe on a free transfer, effectively ending his seven-and-a-half-year spell at the club. Throughout his career, Ozil was renowned for his exceptional vision, creativity, and technical proficiency on the ball. He was the recipient of multiple individual accolades and was widely recognized as one of the most outstanding attacking midfielders in the world during his peak years.

Here are his top 5 career moments:

Winning the 2014 FIFA World Cup

Ozil played a key role in Germany’s triumph at the 2014 FIFA World Cup in Brazil. He played a vital role throughout the tournament and also scored a goal against Algeria in round of 16, helping Germany advance to the next round and to eventually win their fourth World Cup.

Unforgettable assist for Cristiano Ronaldo in Clasico

In August 2010, Ozil made a high-profile transfer from Werder Bremen to Spanish giants Real Madrid. He quickly became a fan favourite at the Los Blancos, scoring 27 goals and providing 81 assists for his teammates. However, Ozil will always be remembered for his stunning assist to Cristiano Ronaldo which helped Real Madrid win 2-1 at Camp Nou that helped them clinch the La Liga title. He also won the Spanish Super Cup and the Copa del Rey with the team.

Winning the La Liga title with Real Madrid

During his time at Real Madrid, Ozil won the La Liga title in the 2011-12 season, where Real Madrid scored 100 points and scored 121 goals, they were one of the finest counter attacking team in Europe at that time and arguably the best team in Europe that season. During that season, Ozil contributed 17 assists and scored 4 goals and was one of the best playmaker in the world.

Winning the FA Cup with Arsenal

Ozil played a crucial role in Arsenal’s FA Cup triumph in 2014, providing the assist for the winning goal in the final against Hull City and helped the club end a nine-year trophy drought. Özil was instrumental in Arsenal’s success over the next few years, contributing numerous assists and goals as the team won two more FA Cups.

Equalling Thierry Henry’s assist record in 2015-16

Throughout his career, Ozil has become widely recognized as an expert in creating goal-scoring opportunities for his team, and he certainly lived up to this reputation during the 2015-16 Premier League season. He managed to record an impressive 20 assists, which not only matched the record set by Arsenal legend Thierry Henry during the 2002-03 season but also earned him the prestigious title of Arsenal’s Player of the Season.

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