Arsenal record signing Mesut Ozil has not given up on his dream of winning world football's top individual prize.
In an interview with German newspaper Express, reported by The Sun, Ozil explains he still aspires to be recognised as the best player in the world.
He knows he will never be a goalscorer to compete with the likes of Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo, but has his own views on making his game enjoyable.
Ozil said: "When I was a kid I dreamed of winning the Balon D’Or. I still have that dream.
"People have criticised me for my lack of goals but I have nothing to prove to them. I do not have a big ego. It is more important for me to create goals for others than to score them for myself.
"I don’t need to score goals to be happy. Assists are what make me happy."
Ozil has caught plenty of flak recently, with former Manchester United star Paul Scholes telling The Standard this week he feels the playmaker is too slow and hampers Arsenal's game.
It may seem like an impossible task to usurp Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo however, with the pair having a stranglehold on the prize over the past few seasons.
The sheer amount of goals they score, and in big games, puts them on a different playing field to everybody else. Had Ozil shone individually at the World Cup, he may have been able to build his case.
Ozil has had backing in the past though. Marco Reus told ESPN last year Ozil had the quality to compete for the award, while Cristiano Ronaldo voted his former Real Madrid teammate in his top three two years ago, as reported The Guardian.