Mesut Ozil produced a masterclass in how to play as a No.10 in the Premier League with his sensational display against Crystal Palace on Sunday.
Despite registering an assist and completing 54 out of his 55 passes (via Squawka), Ozil’s defining moment came with one piece of magic next to the Crystal Palace fans near the corner flag.
After plucking the ball from the air with a deft touch following a long punt upfield and subsequently keeping the ball in play, Ozil immediately produced a wonderful Cruyff turn to completely fool Papa Souare.
Admiration for an opposition player can be a rare sight in football, but the home fans couldn’t deny that they were witnessing a genius at work.
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One particular supporter, who is very visible in the clip, got up off his seat to applaud Ozil, while others were literally just stunned at what they’d seen.
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Ozil is missing the finishing part of his game and should be scoring more goals given the position he operates in, but it’s moments like this that remind us of his unique ability.
Check out the clip of his skill below.
— Copa90 (@Copa90) August 16, 2015