Wolfsburg - 2014 FIFA World Cup winner Julian Draxler has sent records tumbling since making his Bundesliga debut for FC Schalke 04 on 15 January 2011.
Aged just 17 years and 117 days at the time, he broke the club record - previously held by Rüdiger Abramczik - by becoming the youngest ever senior debutant, beating his predecessor by 57 days.
Furthermore, Draxler is also the youngest German player ever to compete in the UEFA Champions League, and, perhaps most impressively, is the youngest player to break the 100-game milestone in the Bundesliga. This Germany international has the world at his feet.
Draxler was born on 20 September 1993 in the town of Gladbeck, just 11 kilometres outside Gelsenkirchen, the home of Schalke 04, whom he joined at the age of eight in 2001. It was the first step on a journey to the senior team that has been considerably shorter than those of many of his peers.
On the up
After beating Abramczik's record - intact since 1973 - Draxler then rounded off his debut campaign in the senior team in style by scoring the all-important first goal in Schalke's 5-0 thrashing of MSV Duisburg in the 2011 DFB Cup final.
In the 2011/12 campaign, his first full season on pro terms, he started 21 times in the Bundesliga and was one of the team's most impressive players, his performances even earning him a call-up to the preliminary Germany squad for EURO 2012 although he was .
With ten goals and three assists to his name come the end of the 2012/13 campaign, Draxler was directly involved in almost a quarter of the goals scored by the Royal Blues in the Bundesliga. The departure of Lewis Holtby opened the door for the youngster to step into his preferred role in behind the striker, completing the transition when he assumed Holtby's number ten shirt after signing a contract extension until 2018.
Next step at Wolfsburg
The technically gifted midfielder struggled to make as great an impact in the 2013/14 campaign though, registering just two goals and seven assists as niggling injuries took their toll. However, it was enough to convince Germany head coach Joachim Löw to include Draxler in his 23-man squad for the 2014 FIFA World Cup and, though he featured for just 14 minutes of the 7-1 semi-final win over Brazil, emerging victorious was yet another invaluable experience for the youngster.
Possessing talent in abundance, a keen work ethic and an impressive amount of experience already, the future looks very bright for one of the hottest talents in European football. Indeed, it was the combination of all those attributes that persuaded VfL Wolfsburg to sign him in summer 2015 and make him the focal point of their new-look attack.