After returning to Madrid the following season he came a La Liga winner, and scored the only goal as Los Blancos beat Barcelona at the Nou Camp for only the second time in 24 years.
He went on to play for Roma, Malaga, Cruzeiro in his native Brazil, Orlando City and Cluj in Romania.
When Mesut Ozil joined Arsenal for £42.5million in 2013, the news didn’t go down well with Madrid fans or players.
The German international had helped Los Blancos win the La Liga title and had led the league’s assists charts for three successive seasons.
Ozil was a key player as Arsene Wenger’s side won three FA Cups, ending a nine-year trophy drought, and he continued to rack up the assists – equalling Thierry Henry’s Premier League record of 20 during the 2015/16 season.
Due to a combination of injuries and loss of form, Ozil’s role in the side began to wane under Wenger’s successor Unai Emery.