Mesut Ozil names Real Madrid star who could win Ballon d'Or

  • Ozil backs Jude Bellingham to win the Ballon d'Or in the future
  • The 20-year-old has been 'unbelievable', according to former Madrid & Arsenal midfielder
  • Ballon d'Or could be within his grasp if club or country silverware is obtained
Ozil has high hopes for one Madrid star
Ozil has high hopes for one Madrid star / Denis Doyle/GettyImages

Mesut Ozil is of the opinion that Jude Bellingham stands a chance to clinch the Ballon d'Or if the English youngster manages to secure some significant trophies either with his club or on the international stage this year.

At just 20 years old, Bellingham has become a focal point of attention in the football world, with his exceptional talent and performances drawing admiration from all corners, while his conduct away from the field has also attracted plenty of praise.

In an interview with MARCA, former Real Madrid midfielder Ozil didn't hesitate to shower praise upon the current wearer of the no. 5 jersey for Los Blancos. The 35-year-old emphasised the importance of Bellingham's contributions to his team's success, both on and off the pitch, and what that could mean for him individually.

"The last few weeks he has looked a bit tired, but if he wins La Liga, the Champions League and the European Championship he could be a candidate for the Ballon d'Or," Ozil said. "He's still very young, it's unbelievable.

"His first half of the season was incredible and left everyone speechless."

Jude Bellingham
Ozil sees Bellingham as a Ballon d'Or candidate / Marc Atkins/GettyImages

Another player Ozil was eager to praise was Arda Guler - Madrid and Turkey's young attacking midfielder.

At the start of 2022/23 season, following the departure of Ozil, Guler was given the number 10 at Fenerbahce, and the youngster continued to mirror Ozil's career by taking his talents to Spain last year.

"I know him very well. He was like my little brother when we both played for Fenerbahce," said Ozil.

"Everyone knows his talent, that's why I don't want to praise him too much and put more pressure on him. His situation is not very easy to manage, especially when all the hope of a country as fascinating for football as Turkey is placed on him."