Mesut Ozil will remain as one of the ‘last 10’. No other player has shown modern football to such an extreme that it changes so quickly.
Ozil has announced his retirement. On the 22nd (hereafter Korean time), he expressed his thoughts on organizing his player life, saying, “After long consideration, I now declare that I will retire from professional football.”
Ozil was the standard player of the ‘Number 10 playmaker’. Possessing fluid footing and sophisticated passing skills, which is rare for a German-born player, he displayed his talents to the fullest and vomited 19 assists in three seasons and leagues during his active career. The fact that he was a regular for Real Madrid, Arsenal and the German national team proves his sparkling value.
He was especially good at assisting. Ozil made 259 assists in 652 matches in Europe’s top five leagues. This is a record that ranks fourth among players in the 21st century, following Lionel Messi (390 assists), Thomas Müller (295 assists), and Cristiano Ronaldo (260 assists). There is no ‘if’ in football, but observations are dominant that if Arsenal strikers properly supported him in the 2015-16 season, he would have broken the Premier League record for most assists.
However, it faced a rather early decline. Ozil, who basically had the disadvantage of being vulnerable to pressure, had no choice but to face limitations in modern football where systematic pressure was strengthened. Eventually, Ozil ended his 17-year career at the age of 34.
Local media also paid attention to this point.메이저사이트 On the 25th, the British ‘Guardian’ analyzed Ozil’s strangely rapid descent from the top under the headline “An ode to Ozil, a frictionless footballer not designed for turbulent times.”
Ozil was still beautiful, but football changed quickly. In the 2010s, as systematic pressure and ‘setting up a compact line’ became a hot topic in the soccer world, the position of the ‘classic number 10’ gradually disappeared. Rather, it was unusual for Ozil, who was vulnerable to pressure and had poor versatility, to maintain the class for a relatively long period of time.
The media description was the same. ‘Guardian’ said, “What happened to Özil is that the football environment has changed. Football has become a sport that emphasizes much more physical and high-intensity pressure. This is not simply nostalgia,” Özil said. It suggested that it was made in a way that the original ability could not be displayed.