Borussia Dortmund and Germany forward Marco Reus.
A rising star in world football at the moment is 24-year-old German international Marco Reus, who has just completed an excellent first season at Borussia Dortmund.
Reus arrived from Borussia Monchengladbach last summer for £14.5million, tasked with the unenviable challenge of replacing one of Dortmund’s key players Shinji Kagawa, who had left for Manchester United. One year on, however, and Reus looks arguably a far better player for Jurgen Klopp’s side than Kagawa was, while the Japanese international has not exactly hit the ground running at Old Trafford.
Reus has been in terrific form for Dortmund, playing in a variety of attacking midfield roles, either wide on the left, wide on the right or behind the main striker, scoring 18 goals and providing 11 assists in all competitions. Although Dortmund could not win a third consecutive Bundesliga title, Reus helped them with the incredible achievement of reaching the Champions League final, and played well in his side’s unlucky 2-1 defeat to Bayern Munich at Wembley, winning the penalty for their equalising goal.
Despite his relative youth, Reus has 15 caps and 7 goals for the senior German national team – some achievement as well when considering the vast competition ahead of him in this exceptionally talented generation of German players. Reus has shown he is up there with the likes of Mesut Ozil, Mario Goetze and Thomas Mueller on the international stage, as well as being a key player for his club.
Reus is fast becoming a world class performer, and will ease Dortmund’s loss of Goetze to rivals Bayern Munich this summer. That is, unless he himself is snapped up by a bigger club, with the likes of Manchester City and Chelsea said to be showing a strong interest in signing him for big money this summer.
The talented forward would likely command around £32million after his fine season with Dortmund, over double what they paid for him just a year ago, and close to the same that Bayern paid them for Goetze. His rise in value represents his rise as a world class performer this season, and he certainly looks like becoming a big name for many years to come.