Mesut Ozil has paid homage to Real Madrid star Cristiano Ronaldo on the same day the Portuguese forward signed a new long-term deal with the Spanish club.
The Arsenal playmaker emerged as one of the game’s most formidable talents during a three-year spell at the Bernabeu, arriving in north London in 2013 with the well-deserved nickname ‘King of Assists’.
Many of those assists (27, in fact) were finished off by Ronaldo and Ozil believes playing with the three-time Ballon d’Or winner helped to make him the player he is today.
Speaking to Arsenal’s official YouTube channel, Ozil said: ‘Cristiano Ronaldo, I never saw one guy like him.
‘He is the first guy in the dressing room and the last guy to go home. He wants to fight even in a training game.
‘He made me better on the pitch. Of course, I give my assists, a lot, to him and he knows. But I really enjoyed playing with him because he does not need a lot of chances.
‘So even if I give him two assists, he will score two. Amazing player. One of the greatest players in history.’