- Player retired earlier this week
- Spoke on understanding with Ronaldo
- Said today's Clasicos have 'lost their emotion'
WHAT HAPPENED? Ozil announced his retirement from football earlier this week at 34. The German international enjoyed a high-level career for over 15 years, highlighted by a successful spell at Real Madrid. Ozil was a crucial piece in a Madrid side that won La Liga with the highest points total in history.
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WHAT THEY SAID: Ozil spoke on his career in a wide-ranging interview with Marca, and revealed his stance on the GOAT debate: "It was a lot of fun playing with Cristiano Ronaldo, who for me is the best player of all time. We both understood each other very well on the pitch, it was perfect. I attended and he scored. Giving passes to a player who almost never missed was a gift."
Ozil also opened up about the intense rivalry between Madrid and Barcelona: "Nowadays El Clasico has lost intensity and emotion, I would say. Beating Barcelona at that time was like an orgasm, because they were incredibly strong matches."
THE BIGGER PICTURE: Ozil was the La La Liga leader in assists for three straight seasons, tallying 47 across his first three campaigns at Madrid. The German was hailed as a massive signing for Arsenal in 2013, and won four FA Cups in north London. He finished his career at Istanbul Basaksehir, where he made just four league appearances this season.
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WHAT NEXT? Ozil is set for retirement after 17 years at the top. What he does next remains to be seen.