Arsenal's Mesut Ozil and Juventus' Andrea Pirlo are two of the very best players in the world. While they play in differing positions, they each possess the technique, control and vision to rip any team apart. However, when it comes the attacking side of the game, Ozil is, without doubt, the superior player.
Pirlo is easily one of the greatest exponents of central midfield play the world has ever seen. The graceful 34-year-old possesses a phenomenal range of passing and can open any defense. He is so good that he has even been dubbed "Mozart" by his club's fans.
To his teammates he is regarded even higher. They call him "the architect" on account of his ability to survey the game before him and to know where every single player is and where each one will move to.
He is a free-kick specialist and is the greatest passer of a ball on the planet. He caresses the ball like it was a newborn baby and has the ability to deftly guide it to a teammate over any distance.
It is safe to say we're talking about one of the best players in the world here.
But, he isn't perfect at everything. There are aspects of his game where an advanced playmaker like Ozil has a distinct advantage.
Here, Bleacher Report offers five things that Mesut Ozil does better than Andrea Pirlo.