Dortmund - Borussia Dortmund midfielder Kevin Großkreutz might not have the same jaw-dropping skills as some of his team-mates, but the 26-year-old is nevertheless a hugely valuable and well-liked member of both the BVB and Germany sides.
His popularity extends to the world of social media too, where the Dortmund native, who has stayed grounded despite enjoying overwhelming success in recent years, has amassed a massive cult following. bundesliga.com chronicles some of the best of Großkreutz's post-World Cup posts on Instagram…
15 July 2014: World Cup Party
A photo posted by Kevin (@fischkreutz) on Jul 7, 2014 at 5:13am PDT
This picture simply reads: "World Champion" and was uploaded as Großkreutz celebrated Germany's triumph with fans on Berlin's fan mile.
26 July 2014: New tattoo
A photo posted by Kevin (@fischkreutz) on Jul 7, 2014 at 10:34am PDT
Another trophy, another tattoo. This one reads "The titles no-one can take from me!" as the World Cup joined the Bundesliga title and the DFB Cup on Großkreutz's shoulder.
31 July 2014: Mucking in at his hometown club
A photo posted by Kevin (@fischkreutz) on Jul 7, 2014 at 8:50am PDT
Local boy Großkreutz, ever willing to help out in the community, posted this picture at his hometown club, VfL Kemminghausen: "Giving everything for my hometown club VfL Kemminghausen!"
4 August 2014: Back in training
A photo posted by Kevin (@fischkreutz) on Aug 8, 2014 at 3:32am PDT
Großkreutz's friendship with Marco Reus goes back years, and Dortmund's number 19 posted a photo with his fellow midfielder when he returned to training after the World Cup. He included the hashtags "back", "pre-season", and "together again".
3 September 2014: True Friends
A photo posted by Kevin (@fischkreutz) on Sep 9, 2014 at 9:18am PDT
Another of Großkreutz's old friends to feature regularly on his Instagram account is 1. FC Köln hero Lukas Podolski. Here, the duo are reunited on international duty with the caption: "We're ready! Let's go!"
9 September 2014: Finally reunited
A photo posted by Kevin (@fischkreutz) on Sep 9, 2014 at 12:23am PDT
"Finally back again! Best friends!" Großkreutz could hardly hide his delight at the return of Kagawa to Borussia Dortmund. Maybe he was pleased that they wouldn't have to FaceTime any longer.
21 September 2014: Derby in Cologne
A photo posted by Kevin (@fischkreutz) on Sep 9, 2014 at 11:31am PDT
As Dortmund lost 2-0 to 1. FSV Mainz 05 on Matchday 4, Großkreutz played 90 minutes. Not that he would let tiredness deter him from seeing his friends, however, as the following day he posted an image of himself and Podolski at the Rheinenergiestadion for the derby between 1. FC Köln and Borussia Mönchengladbach. Writing in the local dialect, Kölsch, Großkreutz said: "True friends are together!"
16 October 2014: Blast from the past, part two
Cousin und ich! Freue mich riesig auf Samstag! Endlich geht's wieder los und dann noch gegen meine Freunde aus Köln ! #kämpfenundsiegen #echteLiebe #borussia #Dortmund #fische #KölnFreunde #vorfreude #isso
Ein von Kevin (@fischkreutz) gepostetes Foto am Okt 10, 2014 at 11:53 PDT
Another photo from old times. Großkreutz (r.), ever the die-hard BVB fan, posted this photo of himself in club colours from his younger days. "My cousin and me! I'm really looking forward to Saturday! Finally we're back again and this time against my friends from Cologne!" Dortmund went on to lose the game 2-1 to 1. FC Köln.
10 November 2014: Another reunion
Ein von Kevin (@fischkreutz) gepostetes Foto am Nov 11, 2014 at 2:37 PST
Despite an on-pitch rivalry, since the World Cup Großkreutz has been close with FC Bayern München star Bastian Schweinsteiger. Here, he put a photo of them together on the national team bus along with the caption, "A good day ends! Different colours but together!"
11 November 2014:Das Lorbeerblatt#Lorbeerblatt #urkunde #weltmeister #bundespräsident #deutschland #danke #issoEin von Kevin (@fischkreutz) gepostetes Foto am Nov 11, 2014 at 11:46 PST
The following day, the pair, and the rest of the World Cup-winning squad, were presented with Germany's 'silbernes Lorbeerblatt', the country's highest sporting accolade. The only remaining question is whether we'll now see an Instagram of the silver laurel leaf tattooed on Großkreutz's shoulder.