Ronaldo celebrates his goal against Sassuolo

Arsenal midfielder and World Cup winner Mesut Ozil has named Juventus star Cristiano Ronaldo as the player that made him become a better footballer.

Ozil, who recently retired from the German national team, played alongside Ronaldo at Real Madrid, with the pair striking up a productive partnership at the Santiago Bernabeu during their time with the Champions League holders.

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He spent three years with Ronaldo at Real Madrid, winning both the La Liga and the Copa del Rey trophies during their time at the Spanish capital.

Ozil told Arsenal’s official website: “He [Ronaldo] works really hard and is the first guy to get into the training ground, then the last one to leave.

“He’s very professional and always wants to win, even in the training games. Of course I was looking at what he was doing, even something as simple as just looking at his shooting technique.

“I really enjoyed playing with him because he made me better on the pitch and he’s a great guy off it, too. I gave him loads of assists and he doesn’t need me to remind him of that!

“It was easy to play with him because you didn’t need to create a lot of chances. Even if I just gave him two passes, he would score two goals and that’s why he’s one of the greatest footballers who’s ever lived.”