Mesut Ozil says winning the World Cup was the best moment of his career to date but it is a long list of special moments.

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Germany’s midfielder Mesut Ozil (L) and Germany’s defender Per Mertesacker celebrate after their team won the 2014 FIFA World Cup final football match between Germany and Argentina at the Maracana Stadium in Rio de Janeiro on July 13, 2014. AFP PHOTO / PATRIK STOLLARZ

One Bundesliga title, one La Liga, one Copa Del Rey, some Supercopa de Espana, three FA Cups, the UEFA u21 Euros, and a World Cup. German national Player of the Year 2011, 2012, 2013, 1015 and 2016, UEFA Team of the Year, Euro Team of the Year, FIFA Pro World XI four times, Laureus Media Award, Arsenal Player of the Season….Mesut’s list is as long as his assist record.

So what was the best moment? Well, I’ve already told you at the start of this article, but let the German tell you himself:

“Best moment?” the Arsenal programme asked Ozil. “Well, there have been so many – winning trophies in Germany, Spain and the FA Cups here, they are all special. Also with the national team Under-215 when we won the European Championships.

“But of course, it has to be winning the World Cup in 2014. I just cannot explain it.

“When you hold that gold trophy – and it’s so heavy!

“It means so much. It is a feeling like nothing else. I smile when I think about it.

“It’s the one you dream of.”

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