Real Madrid's Cristiano Ronaldo (left) celebrates scoring his side's opening goal of the game with team mate Mesut Ozil against Galatasary, April 2013

“厄齐尔很棒。他可以阅读游戏,并知道何时需要运球时需要打通行证 - 这只是班级。”

High praise from none other than Cristiano Ronaldo, but he had every reason to love the German. Only Gareth Bale and Karim Benzema have provided more assists to Ronaldo in his career, and Mesut Ozil played with him for just three seasons.

这三个赛季是在2010年和2013年之间Real Madrid when La Liga was at its peak for quality, entertainment and superstar value. Lionel Messi, Xavi, Xabi Alonso, Ronaldo, Radamel Falcao and many more footballing icons were somehow in the same league at the same time,埃尔·克拉西科(El Clasico)成为拥有令人难以置信的人才的两支球队之间的终极摊牌。

With all these stars playing in their prime, it is tough to pick out standouts beyond Messi and Ronaldo. Enter a 5″11, 21-year-old playmaker from Gelsenkirchen.


This was much to the annoyance of Wayne Rooney, who reportedly ‘begged’ manager Sir Alex Ferguson to bring him to Old Trafford.

正是在他在洛斯·布兰科斯(Los Blancos)期间,厄齐尔(Ozil)将自己确立为有史以来最伟大的组织者之一。在他的所有赛季中,他都是西甲的最高助助商,并以80次助攻结束了马德里的职业生涯,比同一时期的欧洲其他任何人都多。


在23号之前古蒂和所穿的衬衫David Beckham, Ozil made his first start in a 1-0 win over Osasuna, slotting straight into his preferred 10 role behind Gonzalo Higuain and in between Cristiano Ronaldo and Karim Benzema. Some company.

It didn’t take him long to register his first assist, creating Angel Di Maria’s opener away at Real Sociedad in the very next game, and a few weeks later notched up six goal contributions in just three games. This Madrid side became a dangerous weapon going forward, and Ozil was the gunpowder.

厄齐尔(Ozil)在俱乐部的前两场冠军联赛中也获得了助攻,并在他的第三场比赛中对阵米兰(AC Milan)得分。他在五场比赛中以五场进球的贡献结束了小组赛,这是他最大的助攻之一。

In the quarter-finals against future rivals Tottenham, the silky playmaker set a new record for the most chances created in a Champions League match: 12, a record that stands to this day.

经过the end of his debut season at the Santiago Bernabeu, Ozil had won the Copa Del Rey, created 25 goals, which was the most in Europe, and was joint top with Andres Iniesta on six Champions League assists.

La Liga glory


This was the season where Ozil would finally win a title. Real Madrid were playing some of the best counter-attacking football in Europe, Ronaldo and Benzema were on fire and they ultimately finished on 100 points, nine ahead of Barcelona.

Ozil was instrumental to this title victory throughout the season, but this peaked at the Camp Nou in April. Knowing a win would go a long way to securing La Liga, Madrid found themselves drawing 1-1 after Alexis Sanchez cancelled out Sami Khedira’s opener.


The maestro played a perfectly weighted through ball over 40 yards, finding Ronaldo in behind the Barcelona defence. All he had to do was take a touch, before slotting in and producing the legendary ‘calma’ celebration. That moment essentially won Real Madrid the title in the backyard of their greatest rivals, and they had Ozil to thank.


厄齐尔(Ozil)不再是一个小小的,害羞的21岁,他到达了世界上最激烈的更衣室。他是全球现象,穿着西班牙冠军的路易斯·菲戈(Luis Figo)的标志性10号衬衫。他再次成为欧洲的顶级助攻和最高的机会创造者,他与Zinedine Zidane的崇高技巧和视野进行了比较。


“Ozil is unique,” Jose Mourinho later said. “There is no copy of him – not even a bad one. He is the best number 10 in the world. He makes things very easy for me and for his team-mates with his football vision and the decisions he makes.

“Everyone loves him and sees a bit of Luis Figo and Zinedine Zidane in him.”


It was against Iniesta’s Barcelona where he took one of the greatest first touches seen in El Clasico, controlling a 40-yard ball with the back of his heel.

正是这样的时刻使他成为马德里的粉丝最爱,这根本不是一件容易的事。加雷斯·贝尔(Gareth Bale)可以告诉您,安抚自己对马德里斯岛有多么困难,但厄齐尔不仅被接受,而且受到了崇拜。


His Madrid legacy

Ozil then departed Real Madrid, arguably prematurely, following the arrival of Gareth Bale. Madrid fans and players were shocked and disappointed with his departure, and despite his career at Arsenal ending on a sour note, he remained a sublime player during his older footballing years.

“ Mesut是另一种玩家。如果这取决于我,他将是最后一个要去的人之一,”塞尔吉奥·拉莫斯(Sergio Ramos)离开后说。“但是厄齐尔和俱乐部做出了决定,我只能祝他一切顺利。”

But he was not the only Madrid player to criticise the decision, as Ronaldo also bemoaned his exit.

“The sale of Ozil is very bad news for me,” Ronaldo said. “He was the player who best knew my moves in front of goal. I’m angry about Ozil leaving.”


Imagine a 21-year-old joining a super club, benching a Ballon D’or winner in Kaka almost immediately, and becoming the best playmaker in the world, all within three seasons now.

Ozil left the Bernabeu with more Real Madrid assists than Zinedine Zidane and Luka Modric, despite being there a shorter time than both.


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