Ex-Chelsea captain: 'Ozil not Ronaldo or Messi quality'

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Former Chelsea captain Michael Ballack says Arsenal's Mesut Ozil is not quite up there with the world's best.

Arsene Wenger said this week he believes Mesut Ozil can go onto win the Ballon d'Or in the future.

The German Gunner is shortlisted for the award, but not among the favourites to lift the award for being the world's best footballer.

A former star of Arsenal's rivals Chelsea, and compatriot of Ozil, believes he is not there just yet.

Michael Ballack was debating the outstanding qualities of Ozil on SkySports ahead of Arsenal's win over Borussia Dortmund.

He said: "He's not the kind of player like Ronaldo or Messi, maybe quality wise, but his personality, he doesn't need to be focused that much, I know him he never shows worry. The players and the coach knows 100 per cent what he can bring to this team."

He added expectations based on Ozil's early Arsenal performances should be tempered: "If you are playing on that high level people expect something special, which isn't always possible."

Former Manchester United captain Gary Neville was a bit more positive, raving about the German in fact.

"He always gets his choice of pass right, the precision about it... he doesn't make bad decisions. He's a forward who does not make bad decisions and that's rare because usually they'll be more risky in their play, but he does make good decisions in the final third."

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