Mesut Ozil plays for Arsenal and the German national team. Ozil has been a youth national team member since 2006. He gained international attention during the 2010 FIFA World Cup and was nominated for the Golden Ball Award, which is awarded to the tournament's best player. Ozil started his senior career at hometown club Schalke in the Bundesliga in 2006, transferred to Werder Bremen in 2008 and was signed by Real Madrid in August 2010 following his break-out performance at the FIFA World Cup with Germany. On transfer deadline day of summer 2013 he moved to Arsenal for a fee of 42.5 million, a record for the cluband the highest fee ever paid for a German player.Ozil is acclaimed for his finesse and improvisation as an attacking midfielder. His style and ability for providing assists for his team-mates has been compared by former manager Jose Mourinho to that of Real Madrid legend Zinedine Zidane.