Arsenal's Mesut Ozil wants to win the Ballon d'Or

SoccerBy Kevin Palmer
Mesut Ozil has his sights set on world domination
Mesut Ozil has his sights set on world domination

He has been one of the most criticised players in the Premier League this season, but Arsenal's Mesut Ozil has vowed to defy his doubters by being crowned as the best player in the world.

Arsenal's £42.4m German midfielder has been hailed as a flop by many since his arrival from Real Madrid, but the 26-year-old has every confidence in his own ability and believes he can leap ahead of Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo in the list of the best players on the planet.

Speaking to German newspaper Bild, Ozil said: "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 am feeling very positive. I am 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."

Ozil missed Arsenal's win at Newcastle on Saturday through illness before flying out to Germany ahead of international duty.

The midfielder was subsequently spotted in a Berlin nightclub, with Arsenal set to get the player's version of events when he returns ahead of the Premier League match with Liverpool on April 4.

Germany manager Joachim Low, however, played down the issue ahead of Wednesday's friendly against Australia.