Matthaus: Ozil will be world beater

Germany legend Lothar Matthaus has tipped Real Madrid midfielder Mesut Ozil to become the world's best player in the next few seasons.

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Ozil has continued to impress observers for both club and country and Matthaus thinks it is only a matter of time before the player lands the FIFA Ballon d'Or. He was nominated for the award just last year but lost out to Barcelona ace Lionel Messi.

"Mesut Ozil has the makings of a German world footballer of the year," Matthaus told Sonntag-Express.

Ozil first rose to prominence at the 2010 World Cup, where his outstanding performances helped Germany to a third-place finish in South Africa.

Matthaus was the last German player to win the award back in 1991 and he believes the exposure Ozil gets from playing for a club like Real will only enhance his chances of winning it.

"Real Madrid are seen internationally as an even bigger club than Bayern, just as the Italian league was stronger when I won the award," he said.

Matthaus is currently the coach of the Bulgaria national team.

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