Widely considered as one of the best midfielders in the world, Toni Kroos is the dream player of any football manager, thanks to his techniques, passing accuracy, vision and ability to score goals.
The German international, who currently plies his trade with Spanish giants Real Madrid, came onto the scene as a 17-year-old with Bayern Munich. He has since then, become the first German player to win the UEFA Champions League on three separate occasions.
He was also part of the squad that won the 2016 FIFA World Cup, with him having the most assists of the tournament. Read to find out more about this serial winner.
Toni Kroos was born on January 4, 1990, in Greifswald, East Germany to Birgit Kämmer and Roland Kroos. His mother, Birgit, is a sports biology teacher and former badminton player for Germany, while his father, Roland is a football coach and who also worked as a professional wrestler.
While growing up, Kroos struggled in school to focus all his energy on football. His father gave him a strong work ethic which made him stand out on the pitch. He first joined local club Greifswalder SC before later transferring to Hansa Rostock’s youth team.
By the time he was 16, Kroos made his dream move to Bayern Munich where he joined their youth set up. He was highly rated by the team’s staff and was promoted to Bayern’s senior team just under a year. Meanwhile, due to training requirements, Kroos had already begun to abandon school. His hard work and sacrifice, however, paid off when the now 17-year-old made his debut for the Bavarians in the 2007-08 season on the 26th of September. Within 18 minutes of his substitute appearance, Kroos twice assisted Miroslav Klose in the 5-0 thrashing of opponents Energie Cottbus.
His UEFA Cup debut was also a memorable one as Kroos, who again appeared as a substitute against Red Star Belgrade, first provided an assist for Klose before scoring the winning goal in stoppage time. He went on to make a total of 20 appearances for the club that season.
Toni Kroos had a slow start to the following season. On the last day of the January transfer window, he was sent out on loan to Bayer Leverkusen for 18 months to gain the much needed first team game experience. Kroos managed to establish himself as a first-team regular with Leverkusen, making a total of 48 appearances for the team and scoring 10 goals along the way.
Kroos returned to Munich in 2010 and forged a strong midfield partnership with compatriot Bastian Schweinsteiger. He played a major role in the 2012-13 season when Bayern won a treble that included the Bundesliga, UEFA Champions League, and the DFB-Pokal. He kept up his performances the following season, prompting Real Madrid to make a move for him.
In July 2014, Real Madrid signed Kroos for an undisclosed fee speculated to be around €30 million. He went on to build a formidable midfield partnership with Croatian Luka Modric. In the 2015-16 season, under the management of Zinedine Zidane, Kroos won his second Champions League trophy, becoming the first ever German player to do so with two different clubs. He continued to feature regularly for the club as they won another Champions League trophy the following season as well as the La Liga title.
Toni Kroos Salary
Toni Kroos is among the highest earning players in the world which is no surprise since he plays for the richest football club in the world. In October 2016, Kroos put pen to paper on a new £200,000 a week deal set to expire in 2022. You can add that to the handsome but undisclosed sum Adidas pays the athlete to wear their merchandise.
Family – Brother, Wife, Kids
Toni Kroos has a younger brother named Felix, born on the 12th of March, 1991. Felix, just like Toni, is a professional football player but has, however, not enjoyed as much success as his sibling. He currently plays for second-tier German side Union Berlin after having spent six years with Werder Bremen.
Toni Kroos is married to his longtime girlfriend Jessica Farber, whom he met as a schoolboy. The couple, who have been inseparable since they met, had their first son, Leon, out of wedlock before exchanging vows at a private ceremony on the 13th of June, 2015.
Leon was born on 14 August 2013. Their second child, daughter Amelie, was born on 20 July 2016.
Height, Weight, and Other Facts
Birth Name: Toni Kroos
Date of Birth: 4 January 1990
Place of Birth: Greifswald, East Germany
Height: 6 feet (1.83 m)
Playing Position: Midfield.