Mesut Ozil has revealed that he honed his magnificent first touch by using a medicine ball – amongst other things.
With 18 assists to his name this season in the Premier League and close to breaking Thierry Henry’s record of 20, the German has really shone this season.
Want to learn how to control the ball like the master? Let him tell you how he got so good….
“When I was younger, if I saw something lying around, I would try to juggle with it,” he told Arsenal’s official website.
“I would always go on vacation with my friends and we would always play games like two touch using a tennis ball, or play with a basketball, which is heavier than a normal ball.
“[I didn’t just play] with chewing gum or tennis balls, sometimes with basketballs or medicine balls too – even ones that are 5kg, though that is very difficult.”
You probably didn’t see too much of his genius against England on Saturday when he was very quiet (and even received a ‘5’ player rating from BILD in Germnay), so remind yourself of some of the things he can do because he couldn’t leave the balls alone: