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They might have not won anything last season as a team, but individually, they rack up among the best in the world. These are the top 5 players who stood out for Real Madrid in 2013.
5. Mesut Ozil
He may not be a Real Madrid player anymore, but to ignore all he has done for them till September will be no less than debauchery. Ozil joined Jose Mourinho’s Galacticos in 2010 after playing an amazing World Cup in South Africa. His quick feet, amazing vision and ability to score prompted his national team coach Joachim Low to call him Germany’s Messi.
For three seasons in a row, he has been topping the assist charts for Real Madrid. 2012/13 season saw him assisting 29 goals for the Spanish giants. “Technically perfect”, as Ruud Gullit called him, Ozil was among Jose Mourinho’s favourite players and no wonder one of his most played.
Carlo Ancelotti’s arrival and team selection seemed to unsettle the German international. Luka Modric and Isco Alcaron were getting the nods ahead of him more often than not. The deadline day of the transfer window saw him move to Premier League side Arsenal, who paid £42.5 million for his services.
After a few good games, his form took a hit as his performances faltered. But despite the poor form, he still leads the Premier League assist charts, which says a lot about his ability.