Cristiano Ronaldo is 31-years-old today (5/02/16), and Mesut Özil has sent his former teammate and friend a congratulatory message via Facebook.
The two players formed a deadly partnership while at the Santiago Bernabeu together, with the German playmaker responsible for assisting a large majority of the Portuguese hit man’s goals. Ronaldo was more than appreciative of the World Cup winner’s contributions too, and was understandably sad to see him go.
It’s a case of gone but not forgotten for the estranged pair though, as Özil shares a touching tribute to the former Manchester United man on social media to celebrate the day of his birth.
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Ronaldo was very vocal about his disapproval of the Özil sale back in 2013 (via The Independent), and made it clear he was “angry” over the club’s decision to let our record signing go. He insisted that the No.10 knew his moves in front of goal better than anyone, and if there was one player who could pick him out regularly with a pass it was Mesut Özil.
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We’ve seen first hand what Özil can do with a ball, and his form this season makes it hard to understand why Madrid even considered selling him in the first place. His understanding with Alexis Sanchez is growing all the time too, so hopefully soon they’ll have a partnership akin to the one he shared with Ronaldo.
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Madrid’s loss is our gain though, and we’re thrilled to have Özil pulling the strings at Arsenal.