Arsenal playmaker Mesut Ozil has been voted Germany’s player of the year for his performances for his country in 2013.
The 25 year-old moved from Real Madrid to north London on September 2nd – transfer deadline day of the summer window – for a Gunners’ club record £42.4 million, and has promptly led the Emirates Stadium outfit to the top of the Barclays Premier League.
Ozil played 10 times for his country in 2013, scoring three goals and providing five assists, and he wins the award for the third consecutive year.
The Arsenal star polled 30 percent of the fan vote, claiming first place ahead of Bayern Munich pair Philipp Lahm and Thomas Muller, who were second and third respectively.
“This award makes me proud and happy – most of all because it was voted for by the fans,” said Ozil to the German FA website.
“2013 was a very turbulent time for me with my move from Madrid to London.
“The internationals were hugely important both for my team-mates and in front of these great fans.
Ozil says that he hopes to continue his great form into the coming year, and has an eye on winning the FIFA World Cup with Germany in Brazil this summer.
“I still play every international match as if it was my first,” said the Gunners star.
“I see this award as an obligation for a successful 2014 – and with it a successful World Cup.”