Date: 16th January 2017 at 3:10pm
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Mesut Ozil has been crowned Germany’s Player of the Year for 2016.

Picking up 54.5% of the vote, Ozil takes the award for the fifth time in the last six years in recognition of the year he had for Arsenal and their national side.

Adding the 2016 gong to his name, it backs up his wins in 2011, 2012, 2013 and with him winning it in 2015 it’s also a back to back success for him once more.

Real Madrid midfielder Toni Kroos came second in the vote, picking up 33.9% of the votes and in third place was Cologne Jonas Hector with 4%.

Votes totalled 316,850.

The Mirror have him quoted as saying about the award.

‘Thank you, obviously I was very happy to have received this award. I`ve simply arrived in the Premier League since last season. I`ve remained injury-free for the most part and I feel very comfortable in London now as well.’

With Germany going out of the European Championships at the semi final stage over the summer, Ozil said for him the victory over Italy was the highlight of the year.

‘My highlight was the game against Italy at the EUROs – I definitely enjoy thinking back on my goal. But we didn`t reach our target, which was to win the European Championships. We wanted to win our semi-final against France, but didn`t accomplish it.’

Adding.

‘On the other hand, we were able to phase-in a transition with many young players, which is important in regard to the World Cup where we will try to defend our title. As one of the more experienced players in the team, I try to pass on advice to the younger players. Even if I`m not the most vocal player on the pitch, my voice is heard in the team. And I try to help our younger players every day.’

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