Arsenal midfielder Mesut Ozil is confident that he will one day claim the Ballon d'Or, despite recent criticism about his form and overall quality.
Ozil has had a hot-and-cold relationship with Arsenal fans and recently has felt the wrath of former Manchester United midfielder Paul Scholes, who stated that the German international took the easy option by joining Arsenal from Real Madrid and that the playmaker has benefited from the play of those around him in making him look better than he is.
However, in an interview with Sport Bild quoted by the Guardian, Ozil feels that he is not only a world-class footballer, but has the ability to win the Ballon d'Or in the next few 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. I am convinced that it can happen."
Ozil went on to add that he feels playing in the English Premier League is far more of a challenge than playing in Spain or Germany and he's become stronger and feels better than even physically.
“I’m feeling very positive. I’m a world champion and I play at a top club in the Premier League," he said.
"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 is currently on international duty with Germany, who played to a 2-2 draw with Australia on Wednesday evening.