Marco Reus is one of the Bundesliga and Germany's biggest stars. He came closer than ever before to winning his first Bundesliga title with his boyhood club Borussia Dortmund in 2018/19. But do you know everything about him?
To make sure you haven't missed anything from his star-studded career so far, bundesliga.com has found ten things you may not know about BVB's "Rolls Reus".
1) Humble beginnings
Born in Dortmund on 31 May 1989, Reus' first club was local outfit Post SV Dortmund, whom he joined as a boy. His former coach, Andrea Schürmann, recalls how Reus spent almost every available moment kicking a ball. "He always loved playing, either here or at home. He was good on the ball and more than held his own in the team."
2) Starting early
Having registered with his first club at the age of 4, Marco quickly became football obsessed. "At home I used tangerines and apples as playing objects, so that helped my parents make up their mind for me to join a team." Reus joined the Dortmund youth academy in 1996, but was told his slight physique would hinder him turning professional, and he moved to Rot-Weiß Ahlen to play regular football. "It was very painful for me to leave‚" he told The Guardian in 2013. "When you spend your whole youth career at one club, you want to make the next step – especially when you support that team."
Watch: Reus visits boyhood club Post SV Dortmund!
3) The Gladbach years
He was signed by Borussia Mönchengladbach in the summer of 2009 and went on to shape the immediate future of the club. He bagged the decisive goal that helped the Foals avoid relegation in 2011 and then scored 18 times – still a personal record for him in a single season - in 2011/12 to secure a fourth-placed finish and entry to the UEFA Champions League qualifying stage.
4) Major tournament heartache
Reus' international career started well as he took part and scored in Euro 2012. He scored eight league goals and provided five assists in the second half of the 2013/14 season, but his dream of playing at the 2014 FIFA World Cup was shattered by an ankle injury suffered against Armenia. Germany went on to win a fourth World Cup without him... The same happened again before Euro 2016, as Reus missed out on another international tournament due to injury.
He was able to play in his second major tournament in the 2018 World Cup. Reus started two of Germany’s three group stages matches, and scored against Sweden in the only win for Germany in the tournament.
5) BFFs - Mario Götze's support
While Marco missed out on World Cup glory, best friend Mario Götze lived every young football fan's dream by scoring the winning goal in the final against Argentina. He dedicated the win to Marco by carrying a shirt with his name on the back around the pitch during the celebrations.
6) Captain and idol for BVB youngsters
Reus was named Dortmund’s club captain for the first time by Lucien Favre ahead of the 2018/19 season, replacing Marcel Schmelzer. He has become the standard for BVB’s rising young squad to follow, especially Englishman Jadon Sancho. "I look up to Marco Reus because he's a very big player - I look up to him like an idol. It’s good to have him on the pitch talking to me and giving me advice, because when he tells me things, I listen.”
7) A charity man
Dortmund's star often keeps himself out of the limelight off the pitch, however, he is someone who always gives back to those less fortunate than himself. He has been doing it for some years now, with regular visits to children in Dortmund hospitals as part of the "ELTERNTREFF" ('ParentMeet') scheme. Reus supports children suffering with leukaemia and tumours, and also donates part of the profit from his clothing line "MRXI" to charity.
8) FIFA 17 stardom
Reus is a global star, with fans not just following him alongside Dortmund, but his personal footballing career, too. The level of his popularity was proven in 2016, when in a public vote against Real Madrid's James Rodriguez, Chelsea's Eden Hazard and Manchester United's Anthony Martial, the German came out on top and was made the cover star of FIFA 17.
Watch: The story of Marco Reus!
9) A new father
During the incredibly eventful 2018/19 season on the pitch, Reus was also taking major life steps off the pitch during the campaign. He and his partner celebrated the birth of their first child. The 30-year-old was allowed to miss Dortmund’s home game against Wolfsburg to be at the birth, with BVB running out 2-0 winners at the Signal Iduna Park.
10) TV and film freak
It is often a mystery to football fans what exactly their favourite stars get up to during their free time. For Marco, there is only one thing to do, and that is to become a couch-potato by settling in with a Denzel Washington film or catching up on Game of Thrones and Suits. "I am a complete series junkie," Reus admits on his website.