Mesut Ozil has been named on the 23-man shortlist for the Ballon d'Or.

The Germany international has made a major impact at the Club since joining from Real Madrid this summer, scoring three times and claiming four assists in nine games.

The 24-year-old is joined on the shortlist for the prestigious Fifa award by the likes of Lionel Messi, Cristiano Ronaldo and Franck Ribery.

The winner will be announced on January 8.

Shortlist in full:

Mesut Ozil (Arsenal/Germany)
Gareth Bale (Real Madrid/Wales)
Edinson Cavani (Paris St Germain/Uruguay)
Radamel Falcao (Monaco/Colombia)
Eden Hazard (Chelsea/Belgium)
Zlatan Ibrahimovic (Paris St Germain/Sweden)
Andres Iniesta (Barcelona/Spain)
Philipp Lahm (Bayern Munich/Germany)
Robert Lewandowski (Borussia Dortmund/Poland)
Lionel Messi (Barcelona/Argentina)
Thomas Muller (Bayern Munich/Germany)
Manuel Neuer (Bayern Munich/Germany)
Neymar (Barcelona/Brazil)
Andrea Pirlo (Juventus/Italy)
Franck Ribery (Bayern Munich/France)
Arjen Robben (Bayern Munich/Netherlands)
Cristiano Ronaldo (Real Madrid/Portugal)
Bastian Schweinsteiger (Bayern Munich/Germany)
Luis Suarez (Liverpool/Uruguay)
Thiago Silva (Paris St Germain/Brazil)
Yaya Toure (Manchester City/Ivory Coast)
Robin van Persie (Manchester United/Netherlands)
Xavi (Barcelona/Spain)

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