Marco Reus: a career in pictures
Believe it or not, Marco Reus was once rejected by Borussia Dortmund...chart his journey from Dortmund's youth academy via Borussia Mönchengladbach and back to BVB.
After ten years in the youth set-up at Borussia Dortmund and several years at Rot-Weiß Ahlen, Reus joined Borussia Mönchengladbach in 2009.
Reus developed into a key component of Lucien Favre's Gladbach team. In Favre's first year, he helped the club to Bundesliga survival.
After making his debut for the national team in October 2011, Reus scored his first senior international goal in a 5-3 friendly defeat to Switzerland in May 2012.
Reus rejoined Borussia Dortmund in the summer of 2012, and scored on his Bundesliga debut for the club in a 2-1 victory over SV Werder Bremen.
At the end of his first season, Reus endured one of the most painful defeats of his career, losing in the UEFA Champions League Final to BVB's fierce rivals FC Bayern München.
There was more pain, but of a different kind in June 2014. Reus missed the FIFA World Cup because of an ankle injury suffered in a friendly against Armenia just days before
Die Nationalmannschaft headed to Brazil and were crowned world champions.
Over the last two years, Reus has become an ever more crucial part of Dortmund's attacking force, building a ruthless partnership with Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang. The double act has been in full bloom so far this season.
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