Arsenal star Mesut Ozil reveals the incredible secret behind his perfect first touch

“When I was younger, if I saw something lying around, I would try to juggle with it.”

Mesut Ozil

“I would always go on vacation with my friends and we would always play games like two touch using a tennis ball, or play with a basketball, which is heavier than a normal ball.

“[I didn’t just play] with chewing gum or tennis balls, sometimes with basketballs or medicine balls too – even ones that are 5kg, though that is very difficult. Sometimes on the pitch if the game has finished and I see some tape on the floor, I’ll take it and play with that too.

“What helped me before was playing against older people. I would play against my brother and his friends and they were always five or six years older than me.

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