Mesut Ozil on the art of being the playmaker

Have you always been a creator?
Yes, I’ve been a playmaker since my youth. I love to play the deciding pass and enjoy setting up goals – and scoring them myself. When I was a kid, my big idol was Zidane. I don’t have role models now, but Cristiano Ronaldo and Messi are consistently playing on a high level. They haven’t become World Footballers of the Year for nothing.

Players of your kind, like Sneijder and Iniesta, are enjoying a resurgence...
Football is more physical than it used to be, but creativity hasn’t been lost. Football is a very physical and fast game, but smallerplayers can assert themselves. Look at Messi.

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Gregg Davies

Gregg Davies is the Chief Sub Editor of FourFourTwo magazine, joining the team in January 2008 and spending seven years working on the website. He supports non-league behemoths Hereford and commentates on Bulls matches for Radio Hereford FC. His passions include chocolate hobnobs and attempting to shoehorn Ronnie Radford into any office conversation.