Many questioned whether Ozil made the switch from Werder Bremen to Real Madrid a little early in his career after his sensational displays at the 2010 World Cup finals saw the world’s biggest clubs come calling for his services. As it turns out, he has found his feet well in the Spanish capital after an somewhat indifferent start.
An injury to Kaka gave him a chance to claim a regular starting spot in the Real Madrid line-up and while his consistency was questioned by some in the early days of his time in La Liga, he is now an established member of a team and his rapid rise to stardom shows no sign of waning.
His impact in the Euro 2012 qualifiers confirmed his importance to the Germany side. Five goals in his nine appearances were crucial in pushing Joachim Löw’s men towards a perfect qualifying record and more of the same will be expected of this play maker in Poland and Ukraine.
Strengths: His control on the ball is excellent, has great vision and can unlock a defence with his creativity. Also boasts a powerful shot from distance.
Weaknesses: Sometimes inconsistent, he can go missing and does not have great physical power.
Career high: The 2010 World Cup saw him star in the 4-1 win over England.
Career low: The 2009 UEFA Cup final, as his Werder Bremen side went down 2-1 to Shakhtar Donetsk after extra-time.
Style: Skilful, creative, an impressive flair midfielder.
Quotes: ''We in Germany are prone to rave about foreign players. We praise Wayne Rooney to the heavens, likewise (Cristiano) Ronaldo or Messi. But we have our own Messi. Our Messi is Ozil.'' Germany Under-21 manager Horst Hrubesch, 2009.
Trivia: His nickname in Bremen was "der Neue Diego" (the next Diego) after his Brazilian predecessor. One may argue that he has surpassed his achievements.