It’s always good to have goals.

It’s even better to have goals that you have the talent to achieve, and that’s very much the case with Mesut Ozil who wants to hold the Ballon d’Or in his hands within the next few years and, what’s more, believes that he can do it.

No doubt providing more fodder for those idiots in the press who wouldn’t know a good footballer if they kicked them in the balls, Ozil held nothing back when speaking to the press in Germany.

Speaking, not only about that, but the problems he feels his ethnicity causes within the German national team set-up, here’s what he had to say: “If I continue to develop well and stay healthy, I would like, in the next few years, to hold the Ballon D’Or in my hands.

“I am convinced that it can happen.

“I’m feeling very positive. I’m a world champion and I play at a top club in the Premier League. There is much more of a physical test here than there is in Spain or in the Bundesliga – I constantly have bruises, but that makes me harder. I feel physically better than ever.”

“Only I am designated as ‘the German-Turk’. When it’s Sami Khedira no one says ‘the German-Tunisian’, no one calls Lukas Podolski and Miroslav Klose ‘the German-Poles’. Many forget that I was born in Gelsenkirchen, and grew up in Germany.

“If I don’t sing the anthem [before games] it is only because at that moment I am concentrating on the match. And I pray during the anthem for health and happiness.”

“As a footballer it benefits my way of playing. I’m proud I’ve been able to take something from both cultures.”

We’ve covered the treatment of Ozil by the press and pundits alike and for a complete roundup of the ridiculousness and why they don’t have a clue what they’re talking about, you will probably want to read our most recent instalment.

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