Currently wowing the Premier League (and silencing the critics) with his silky skills, Arsenal playmaker Mesut Özil has been rewarded for his national team performances by picking up Germany’s Player of the Year award for 2015.
The award is voted for by fans of the national team, with Özil picking up 51,000 votes (45.9%), beating Bayern Munich attacker Thomas Muller (15.9%) into second place. FC Köln left-back Jonas Hector came third (13.6%).
The 27-year-old was key to the Germans’ smooth qualification for EURO 2016, and played in all but one of Die Mannschaft’s games in the year. The assist king set up six goals for Germany in 2015 as well as running a total of 92.71 kilometres in his eight games. Although even the twinkled-toed schemer couldn’t stop the mighty Republic of Ireland beating Jogi Loew’s men at the Aviva!
Özil has won the award in four of the last five years (Toni Kroos won it for 2014), and while German fans will be hoping their star can guide the world champs to Euro success in the summer, Arsenal supporters will pray he can inspire the north Londoners to Premier League glory come May.
You can read all the blurb on the award on the DFB website here.