Arsenal star Mesut Ozil has received an overwhelming majority of votes in the national poll conducted by the DFB for their award, the German National Player of the Year.
He received a staggering 45.9 percent of votes in the poll ahead of Munich wizard Thomas Muller who garnered 15.9 percent of the votes and Jonas Hector who ended up with a paltry 13.5 percent.
This is Ozil’s fourth win of the award as he had won three awards in a row previous to the last season as he proved his class on the big stage with the German National Team as well as Real Madrid.
Last year he was pipped to the award by current Real Madrid player Toni Kroos who had an impressive run in the Champions League as well as a stunning World Cup campaign in his favour.
This comes at a time when Philip Lahm has criticised Ballon d’Or for being a mere popularity contest amongst tantrum throwing forwards who rack up goals against inferior defences. Lahm’s sentiments have been echoed by the current club manager for Arsenal, Arsene Wenger, who claims the award is deceptive due to football being a team sport.
One can see the bias towards attackers as there is no inclusion of players like Neuer and Boateng in the voting, which tells the story regarding popularity of these players compared to the more illustrious ones who work on the other side of the pitch.
This will however be a boost for Arsenal as it would improve their star man’s morale for a tough remaining set of fixtures where their destiny with regards to the title will be decided.