Wednesday March 25th, 2015

Arsenal midfielder Mesut Özil says he is convinced that he can win the Ballon d'Or, which is awarded to the best soccer player each year. 

The English club signed Ozil in September 2013 after he spent three years at Spanish power Real Madrid.

Ozil, 26, has come under scrutiny for his performance and missed three months this season with a knee injury. In 14 Premier League games in 2014-15, Ozil has scored three goals and recorded five assists.

Real Madrid midfielder Cristiano Ronaldo has won the award the last two 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," Ozil said. "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."

Ozil will play with the German national team in a friendly against Australia on Wednesday and a European Championship qualifier against Georgia on Sunday.

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