The German international said that he learned about the legendary Frenchman at the 1998 World Cup, when Zidane scored twice in the final as Les Bleus beat Brazil 3-0 to lift the trophy.
Zidane also featured prominently two years later as France won the European Championships and Ozil admitted that he idolised the former Madrid man as a youngster.
"I discovered Zizou during the World Cup in France, 1998, I have never seen so much charisma on grass," Ozil told So Foot. "From then on, I always wanted to be Real Madrid and the French national team on the console.
"When I saw him make a move, I would look for it on YouTube. I'd write 'Zinedine Zidane' in the search box and watch the videos.
"I told myself, 'I have to do that on the pitch'. And I would end up trying to mimic his moves as soon as I could."
Ozil signed for Los Blancos from Werder Bremen in 2010.