Toni Kroos is a world star, a magnificent midfielder, who can control the game. In fact, at times it appears like he has a magnet in his boot to attract the ball and a laser-guided system to move it on.
In his entire career, Kroos has on average completed 93.5% of his passes. On average the midfielder plays 76.67 passes per 90 minutes. Even in an off year, Kroos is easily among the best midfielders and when it comes to holding midfielders probably still the best on the planet.
With that in mind, it is somewhat amazing that Bayern Munich opted to sell the midfielder in 2014 for just €25 million.
It is a transfer that Bayern have regretted since. “Sometimes a club has to make tough decisions – and that one was a tough one, perhaps the wrong one,” Bayern President Uli Hoeneß said in the documentary KROOS, freshly released in cinemas across Germany this summer.
That documentary, in particular, has shed some light on Kroos’ time at Bayern. In the movie, Kroos not only revealed that he would have rather stayed at Bayer Leverkusen after he was sent on loan to Bayern’s Bundesliga rivals but also that he initially regretted renewing his contract in Munich.
“While I was putting pen to paper Karl-Heinz Rummenigge said: ‘boah now you have a great contract,’ like now you will have to play a bit better,” Kroos said in the movie. “Kroos and Bayern that just didn’t fit,” his wife Jessica added.
Comments that have caused some controversy in Munich. But Kroos has since defended his statements in a Twitter post. “It was just a look back on how I felt as a 17/18-year-old without wanting to offend anyone,” he tweeted. “The bottom line is that it was a successful period but not true love,” he added.
True love, it seems that he has found in Madrid in the form of Real. Since joining Real Madrid, Toni Kroos has played 233 games scoring 13 goals and 59 assists. Furthermore, he has developed into a key player for Los Blancos and with the return of Zinedine Zidane is once again expected to find his best form.
The two clubs will renew their rivalry on Saturday, July 20 at NRG Stadium in Houston. For Kroos an opportunity to say hello to some of his former club teammates, but also national team colleagues.
Speaking of the national team. While Joachim Löw has axed the likes of Thomas Müller, Jérôme Boateng and former Bayern defender Mats Hummels, Kroos remains a fundamental piece for Die Mannschaft.
The man with the magnets in his boots, after all, is expected to help lead the rebuild for Germany. With his vision and playmaking ability, the 29-year-old is second to known when it comes to unlock opponents’ defensive lines and pick out a fast run by a striker.
A skill that makes him invaluable for both club and country and will be on display this summer in the United States.