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Ozil is Real's best weapon against Barca

Updated: April 20, 2011, 8:02 PM ET
By Leander Schaerlaeckens | ESPN.com

It all makes sense now.

Getting rid of Rafael van der Vaart, who went on to blossom for Tottenham Hotspur; benching Kaka, the second-most expensive player of all time; and making Cristiano Ronaldo, the most expensive player of all time, stick to the right wing or play up top instead of allowing him to drift into the middle.

And the reason is Mesut Ozil, Real Madrid's pesky German playmaker.

We've known he was good for some time now, since his days with Werder ...

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