#SG25 No. 17 – Marco Reus: The next in line

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When Germany left for this summer’s World Cup without the injured Marco Reus, there were worries Joachim Löw wouldn’t be able to replace his most dynamic attacking talent. Now, four months removed from Die Nationalmannschaft’s latest world title, few remember that Brazil could have been Reus’s breakout. Once again, he was a step away.

That, of course, assumes the 25-year-old needs a breakout. This is, after all, a talent who has played in a Champions League final, one who has emerged from the wakes of Mario Götze and Roberto Lewandowski to be the undisputed star at Borussia Dortmund. And while that also entails the inevitable links to Bayern Munich and every affluent club beyond Germany’s borders, it’s also something Reus has dealt with before.

In January of 2012, when Reus was set to reap the rewards of his rise at Borussia Mönchengladbach, the then 23-year-old shunned Bayern to return to his hometown club. At BVB, Reus has developed into one of the most dynamic attacking midfielders in the world, scoring 30 goals over the past two Bundesliga campaigns by pairing a world-class wide-to-in skill set with an evolving ability to lead the break from the middle.

With that success comes an emergence off the field, as well. Much like international teammate Toni Kroos, Reus’s lack of publicity relative to soccer’s other superstars is a product of the Bundesliga, which still fails to take advantage of global television markets. Yet one cruise though the man’s social media — his Twitter, his Instagram — shows an awareness that would be celebrated in different surroundings.

He’s aware of the Woody Woodpecker comparisons (his Twitter account is @woodyinho). The curious smirks, the nods beyond the fourth wall — they all hint Reus is ready for prime time. Westphalia will not hold him.

This man is made for Real Madrid. Or Chelsea. Manchester City’s been mentioned, too. Regardless, Marco Reus is about to yank the spotlight toward him. By 2017, he’ll be at the center of the Ballon d’Or discussion.

The Fake numbers

Player Game play Social Media Fashion Social Life Misc. Talent Personal #Brand TCI Score
Marco Reus 9.6 6.5 7.0 7.0 5.5 7.5 78.34
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