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01.11.2011 » Ozil: "Ronaldo is one of the favorites to win the FIFA Balon d'Or"

Mesut Ozil and Cristiano Ronaldo good friendship and relationship in Real Madrid

The German midfielder, Mesut Ozil, is one of the 5 Real Madrid players listed as candidates for the FIFA Balon d'Or award. The winner will be announced on the January 9th 2012 and Ozil confessed that if it was up to him, he would give the trophy to Iker Casillas. Despite that wish, the German midfielder sees Cristiano Ronaldo as one of the top contenders for FIFA and France Football to elect the best player in the World.

FIFA and France Football will anounce the Balon d'Or award winner in January 2012, but Mesut Ozil has already commented on who are his favorites to win the trophy. Ozil said that if he could, he would give Iker Casillas the award, because he has been the best goalkeeper in the World over the last years. However and in a more realistic approach, Ozil expressed his wish of seeing Cristiano Ronaldo winning the award, even though he faces serious competition with Barcelona's Lionel Messi. The Argentinian won the award in the last 2 editions, succeeding the Portuguese player, who won it in 2009.

Mesut Ozil shooting the ball, with Cristiano Ronaldo near him and starting to run

Mesut Ozil: "Iker Casillas is by far the best goalkeeper in the World for a few years already. If I was given the chance to choose the winner, I would award this trophy to Casillas.", said the German player, who hasn't been on his best form, judging by his last performances in Real Madrid. However, that doesn't stop him from believing on his team's success in winning the biggest trophies this season. Ozil: "Real Madrid is a mythical team and our objectives are always to win as most titles as possible, which includes the UEFA Champions League of course."

Cristiano Ronaldo with his thumbs on his mouth, with Mesut Ozil close to him

Regarding the FIFA's and France Football Balon d'Or award, Mesut Ozil acknowledges that his teammate in Real Madrid, Cristiano Ronaldo, is one of the strongest candidates to "lift" the trophy in January. Ozil: "Cristiano Ronaldo really has a lot of chances to win the "Best Player of the World" award. I truly wish he can win it.", said Mesut Ozil, after having confessed that Iker Casillas would have been his first choice.

When asked to identify what's gives Real Madrid the edge over most of their opponents and most specifically, what will be their biggest advantage when facing Olympique Lyon this Wednesday, Ozil replied: "We're really strong combining and passing the ball, but we can also make the difference because of the tremendous talent some of our players have. We have several world-class players, such as Cristiano Ronaldo, Karim Benzema, Kaká or Di María. We always look forward to score plenty of goals and we'll attempt to return to Madrid with the 3 points.", said Ozil when previewing the Merengues trip to Lyon, for their next UEFA Champions League fixture.

Gonzalo Higuaín, Mesut Ozil and Cristiano Ronaldo, sitted on the bench, during a Real Madrid game

Real Madrid will play against Olympique Lyon this Wednesday, for the UEFA Champions League. You can watch Juventus live stream, Lyon vs Real Madrid live, in our Soccer Live Streams section. The countdown clock timer, displaying the time left for the next Ronaldo game, is shown on the top right corner of all pages. Besides that game, you can also watch Manchester United vs Otelul Galati on Wednesday, and Viktoria Plzen vs Barcelona tonight. All streamings are provided from our "Live" section.

Lyon vs Real Madrid kickoff information:
2nd of November, 2011:
19:45 (GMT+0) - London (U.K.), Lisbon (Portugal)
20:45 (GMT+1) - Madrid (Spain)

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Cristiano Ronaldo giving hands to Mesut Ozil, before the German player gets substituted in a Real Madrid game

Mesut Ozil touching hands with Cristiano Ronaldo in the Santiago Bernabéu

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