The Most Expensive German Attacking Midfielder – Mesut Özil

The German international Mesut Özil was born in Gelsenkirchen, West Germany on 15 October 1988. He could be deployed as both attacking midfielder and winger. He started his football playing career from Bundesliga club Schalke 04 in his hometown ahead of moving to Werder Bremen for €5 million. At the 2010 FIFA World Cup, he impressed all people aged 22, becoming an important football player in sideway.

He was also selected as a nominee for the Golden Ball Award and the first assistant in critical European and domestic football matches. For his impressive performances and dynamic energy as an attacking midfielder or winger, he move to La Liga club Real Madrid. Ahead of being the 17th excellent assists, he won the Copa Del Rey in his first season with Real Madrid while the Spanish team won the champion of La Liga in the next season.

Besides, he is also the winner of the Supercopa de España in 2011-12 season, cutting a striking figure in front of football followers for his technical skills and innovation in football playing. As an agile, fine and versatile attacking midfielder or a winger, he was often taken to compare with Zinedine Zidane by former manager José Mourinho. In 2012-13 season, he moved to Premier League club Arsenal for a then-club record contract worth £42.5 million, becoming the most expensive German professional football player successfully. In his first Arsenal season, Arsenal won the FA Cup in 2014, finishing the nine-year trophy drought with helping hand from Mesut Özil.