Bayern Munich and Germany attacking midfielder Thomas Mueller.
Even though he is still only 23, Thomas Mueller is already a vastly talented and experienced winner, having stepped up his game even further this season to win the treble as a key part of this fantastic Bayern Munich side.
The attacker first broke into the team at Bayern in the 2009/10 season, scoring 19 goals from midfield as he helped the Bavarians to the Bundesliga title and to the Champions League final. He then really announced himself on the world stage at that summer’s World Cup, finishing as the competition’s top scorer with some superb displays, including a brace in the 4-1 win over England, and another in a 4-0 thrashing of Argentina in the quarter-finals.
Mueller scored 19 goals again in 2010/11 for Bayern, continuing his fine progress as a key member of the team. He then only managed 11 the following year, though one of those came in the Champions League final against Chelsea, though once again he was a runner-up in the competition as his side were unlucky to be beaten on penalties having dominated much of the match in the Allianz Arena.
The German has just had his best season yet, scoring 23 goals and providing 13 assists in Bayern’s treble-winning season. Many of his team-mates have made it onto this list of top 50 footballers in the world, and he is arguably the most influential of the lot, showing the knack for scoring important goals at the right time, and putting in man-of-the-match displays on seven occasions this season. He was in superb form in the club’s humiliation of Barcelona in the Champions League semi-finals, scoring three times in the two-legged tie which finished 7-0 on aggregate.
Mueller already has 41 caps and 13 goals for the German national team, and is surely a guaranteed starter even among this highly talented generation of German attacking players. Mueller would be one of the first names on the team sheet even alongside the likes of Mesut Ozil, Mario Goetze, Marco Reus and others.
If Bayern and Germany continue to do as well as they have, they have Mueller’s influence to thank for it, and he will surely only continue to improve as he is not yet even at his peak age. He certainly looks like a legend in the making and is currently one of the best players in the world.