Mesut Özil has been rewarded for his fine performances in 2013 with the title of the German national team's player of the year for the third year in a row
The German football federation announced that their key playmaker had secured the award, as chosen by the fans after accruing 30 per cent of the vote.
Özil has undergone a whirlwind 2013, with his £42m move from Real Madrid to Arsenal the highlight and he told the official DFB website the award represented the perfect end to the calendar year, after pipping Bayern Munich duo Philipp Lahm and Thomas Müller to the title.
"This election makes me proud and happy," he said. “Above all, because it was carried out by the fans.
"The year 2013 was a very turbulent time for me with my move from Madrid to London. The internationals were all the more important in the circle of my friends and in front of these great fans."
Considering the embarrassment of riches on offer to Nationalmannschaft manager Joachim Löw, being voted as the best of an excellent crop ranks as some achievement by Özil, perhaps his best in 2013 given Real finished runners-up in both La Liga and the Copa del Rey, while they only reached the semi-finals of the Champions League.
The 25-year-old, who has 17 international goals from 52 caps, believes the title can act as a springboard to success with the national team at the 2014 World Cup.
"I still play every international game, as if it was my first," he added. I see this award as an obligation for a successful 2014 and with it a successful World Cup."
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