Even the most casual football fan will have heard of a player called Toni Kroos.
The German-born midfielder is one of the most well-known players on the planet after all and the individual and collective successes he has amassed over the last decade has done nothing but raise his status within the game greatly. He’s long been thought of by fans and pundits alike as one of the best midfielders currently playing after achieving success at two of the biggest club sides in the world as well as on the International stage.
Kroos, 27, started his footballing days moving from his local side Greifswalder to the Hansa Rostock youth set up. He was then picked up by giants Bayern Munich and put into their youth system. They knew he had something special but probably didn’t realise just how talented Kroos would turn out to be. In fact, he made his senior Bayern debut at the tender age of 17 and announced his arrival by laying on two goals for Miroslav Klose inside 18 minutes. He went on to make more appearances for Bayern but he was allowed to Bayer Leverkusen on loan to further his development and to gain more first-team experience.
It was on his return to Bayern that Kroos really shot to prominence. He was integral in all the success the German giants had over his seven years at the club. They won things on the European stage, in the form of the Champions League as well as on the domestic front and the midfielder was pivotal in Bayern’s midfield. If you know anything about football you will know just how good a passer of the ball Toni Kroos is. He can send the ball accurately 50 yards in a way that makes it look far too easy, he rarely gives up possession, of then averaging above a 90% pass success rate and he has an eye for a goal from distance.
So it was no surprise that Real Madrid came calling for his services in 2014. Kroos, who had won the World Cup that year, once again became an integral part of a midfield set up that saw his side flourish both domestically and in Europe. So far at Madrid, he has won the La Liga title as well as two back to back Champions League trophies. He continues to be an integral part of Zinedine Zidane’s side to date as they look to achieve further success and a record third consecutive Champions League crown.
Kroos, with his unique passing ability, eye for a long-range special and dead ball skills will continue to be a part of any future success that Real Madrid and Germany have in the future. So far he’s been a big hit in two countries and if he did ever leave for a new challenge, you can certainly see him being successful elsewhere. The Premier League one day maybe?