Arsenal midfielder Mesut Ozil has said he believes he can emulate the likes of Cristiano Ronaldo and Lionel Messi by winning the Ballon d’Or in the next few years, the Daily Star reports.
The World Cup winner has come in for some criticism recently as his performances have not been up to the required standard needed to maintain Arsenal’s quest for Champions League football.
He has suffered with a number of injuries throughout the course of the campaign, though he has recently had to undergo a series of crunch meetings after he was spotted partying in a Berlin nightclub when he was supposed to be laid low with illness.
However, Ozil believes he has enough in his locker to pick up a Ballon d’Or in the next few years.
“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.”