Toni Kroos is a German professional footballer who plays as a midfielder for Spanish club Real Madrid and the Germany national team.
4 January 1990, Greifswald, East Germany
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A member of Bayern Munich's first team at the age of 17, Kroos played in a 18-month loan spell at Bayer Leverkusen, before going back to Munich and winning back-to-back Bundesliga titles and the 2012–13 Champions League. After winning the FIFA World Cup in 2014, he joined Real Madrid on a six-year contract, for a fee of £20 million. In Madrid, he won the 2015–16 and 2016–17 UEFA Champions Leagues and was elected to the Squad of the Season in the last four seasons. He became the first German to ever win three UCL titles.
Kroos was part of the Germany youth teams since age 17, and he was named best player in the 2006 UEFA European Under-17 Championship and won the 2007 FIFA U-17 World Cup Golden Ball. He made his full international debut in 2010 and was a member of the Germany squad which reached the semi-finals of the 2010 World Cup and UEFA Euro 2012. He was also part of the team that won the 2014 World Cup, becoming the first (and as of 2016 only) footballer born in East Germany to win the competition. Kroos was the Assist leader of the tournament, and was named to the 2014 FIFA World Cup All-Star Team and Dream Team. At the 2016 Euros, he was elected to the Team of the Tournament.
Kroos was elected to the UEFA Team of the Year and the FIFPro World XI in 2014 and 2016, as well as the IFFHS World's Best Playmaker in the former. He has been praised by journalists and former professionals as a player with all the qualities for the role of an attacking midfielder, and been widely considered one of the best midfielders in the world.