Arsenal Star Mesut Ozil Reveals Which Football Magician He Idolised as a Youngster & Why

​Mesut Ozil has revealed via ​ that he grew up idolising current Real Madrid manager Zinedine Zidane.

The German international remains a major role model for many, despite continued question marks against his form this season, but put forth the name who he himself looked up to as a youngster.

He told the official website: “I always saw him as a complete player. He could use both feet, was dangerous in front of goals, strong defensively, good in the air and had an unbelievable first touch.

“A lot of people told me at the time that my style of play reminded them of him. They’d say ‘you are calm and seem to have time on the pitch, even if 10 people are going at you, you always find a solution’. That always fascinated me about Zidane.

“I watched what he’d do on the pitch and want to do it myself when I was a young kid. Most things I picked up quickly, thank God. As I said, he was my idol. 

“I’ve met him and it’s all the nicer when you get to know his character and know him as a person. For me that was a special moment back then.”

Both Zidane and Ozil represented La Liga giants Real Madrid, and comparisons have often been drawn between the two in terms of their skill and ability to create.

The Gunners midfielder left Spain for the Premier League back in 2013 in a £42.5m deal, while Zidane retired at the Bernabeu in 2006 after his head butt on Marco Materazzi at that year’s World Cup, and became manager of the giants ten years later.​

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