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A world-class player. A champion. A perfect midfielder - made in the Bundesliga.

 

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Let's take a look at Toni Kroos' journey to become one of the world's best midfield maestros.

 

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A new face in Munich, Toni Kroos was signed by Bayern München from Hansa Rostock, aged 16. One year later, he was promoted to the first-team squad, and handed his debut by Ottmar Hitzfeld. And what a debut it was!

 

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Coming off the bench, he provided two assists for Miroslav Klose. Kroos was Bayern's youngest debutant at 17 years, eight months and two days, until David Alaba broke his record.

 

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After that explosive debut, Toni found himself behind Mark van Bommel, Zé Roberto and Bastian Schweinsteiger in the hierarchy, and made 19 starts during that season.

 

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In 2009, Kroos was loaned to Bayer Leverkusen, and immediately won the trust of Bruno Labbadia - and then his successor, Jupp Heynckes.

 

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During his 18 months with the Werkself, he bulked up his physique and his reputation. He played 33 out of 34 games in the 2009/10 season, ending his Leverkusen stint with nine goals and 12 assists, and a place in Europe. He became well known for his passing ability and his long-range shooting.

 

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In 2010, Bayern brought their prodigy back to the Allianz Arena, where Kroos was now able to contribute to Bayern's game.

 

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Kroos became the team's lethal weapon from outside the box. In his final season with Bayern, only Thiago and Schweinsteiger enjoyed more minutes on the field than Kroos. Kroos also completed 90 per cent of his passes in the final third - a league best. He became highly regarded throughout the club.

 

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"The way he's playing in the national squad as well as with Bayern, is a very fine thing!

 

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Back-to-back Bundesliga titles followed, including the league cup and Champions League treble in 2013. The following summer Kroos became a world champion in Brazil, where he contributed two goals in Germany's 7-1 win over Brazil in the semi-finals.

 

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Toni Kroos: world class, Bundesliga bred.