Arsenal ace Mesut Ozil has another feather to boast of, in his cap, with the player having been adjudged Germany’s Player of the Year for 2016, winning 54.5% of the total votes polled.
The World Cup winner has won this award for the 5th time now, with compatriot Toni Kroos coming second with 33.9% of the votes and Jonas Hector taking the third position with 4% of the votes.
After winning the award, Arsenal’s star playmaker told DFB.de: “Thank you, I am happy about the award, of course. I stayed largely free of injury this season and I also feel very comfortable in London. Playfully, I try to be a bit more selfish in front of the goal and it has often worked well this season.”
The 28 year old also pointed out that while he was happy with his performances for Germany in last year’s European Championship, he was disappointed at the team not having been able to achieve its goal of winning the title. Nevertheless, as per Ozil, the amount of opportunities provided to young players was a great positive from their campaign and that it may go a long way in their attempts to defend their World Cup crown.
Ozil also revealed that his word ‘has weight’ in his team and that he does his part to help young players in their development.
Taking about his own fitness levels, much to the delight of Arsenal fans, the German ace said that he has changed his diet and training plans and that the new regimen has helped him in regenerating his fitness and energy levels faster than before, whilst also reducing his vulnerability to injuries.
Ozil also thanked all his fans for voting for him, thus enabling him to win this award, while adding that it is a great achievement for him and immensely important to him.