Since returning to boyhood club Borussia Dortmund in 2012, the outrageously talented Marco Reus has only continued to improve, establishing himself as a regular for Germany and becoming one of the most sought after players in the world game.
Despite now being a global household name, bundesliga.com has done some digging to find ten facts you may not already know about the Germany international...
His sensational form in 2011/12 was rewarded with a call-up to the Germany squad by head coach Joachim Löw. Having pulled out of four previous squads because of injury or illness, he finally debuted for Die Nationalmannschaft in October 2011 against Turkey, and made the final 23-man squad for UEFA EURO 2012, scoring in the quarter-final victory over Greece.
True to his roots
Often part of the mass of 80,000 supporters crammed into the SIGNAL IDUNA PARK as a kid, Reus drove home to Dortmund every weekend while at Gladbach and endeared himself further to many German football fans by choosing his hometown club over FC Bayern München. "Players don't come and go as often as they do at Bayern. It was the best place for me, and I was coming home."
Emblazoned on his left forearm he has 'Marco - 31.05.1989’, with a few more dotted across his arms. "I like tattoos a lot and I have a good tattoo artist. There'll probably be some more in the future. It might even become an obsession."
They may only have played together for one season at Dortmund (2012/13), but Reus and Mario Götze became extremely close friends at BVB and subsequently when together on international duty. After Reus missed the 2014 World Cup with injury, final matchwinner Götze dedicated the triumph to his absent best buddy.