Toni Kroos’ 300 appearances with Real Madrid prove he’s a Los Blancos big
Cementing your place in the midfield of one of the biggest clubs in the world is no small feat.
However, to do so and become a mainstay of the team as they go through one of their most decorated times in recent history – it’s a whole new level.
Toni Kroos celebrated his 300th appearance for Spanish behemoths Real Madrid on Saturday night, and if a 0-0 draw with Osasuna wasn’t a fitting tribute to the German midfielder, the magnitude of his success in Spain shouldn’t go unnoticed.
While Los Blancos are arguably one of the more entertaining sides to watch from afar, being a devout follower of them has to be like torture at times. sometimes have a strange talent for playing in the moonlight as a circus football.
Yet amid all the turmoil, drama and upheaval, since 2014, Kroos has sat in the eye of the storm, providing a calming influence alongside Luka Modric as the duo led Los Blancos to the glory. And the best part – they did it in style.
Here has 90 mins, the quality and winning mentality of the German doesn’t go unnoticed, with Kroos being named the best central midfielder in our recent Welcome to World Class series – and yet it seems some football fans still don’t quite appreciate his genius.
In all fairness, the same could have been said of his midfielder partner Modric a few years ago, although his Ballon d’Or award in 2018 was a pretty decent indication that it no longer bypasses under the radar.
Throughout Kroos’ brilliant career, he has won no less than five top titles, four Champions Leagues, five FIFA Club World Cups, over 100 caps for his country and not to mention he was crowned the winner of the World Cup in 2014 – there really it’s not much he hasn’t done in the game.
However, despite the 31-year-old’s 13 years of trophies in senior football, he has only been named to the Ballon d’Or top ten once – having finished ninth in 2014.
It’s almost like the football world just doesn’t get it?
Kroos is a throwback to days gone by when the best midfielders in the world could do just about anything. He … not to have be played alongside a player who can do a specific job like tackling or passing or providing energy, just because they’re doing all of that on their own – you don’t have to consider anything when choosing their midfielder partner, you just pick the other best midfielder on your team.
Maybe the reason he’s gone so criminally underrated throughout his career is just pure bad luck.
During his time at Bayern Munich, he shared the center of the pitch with Bastian Schweinsteiger – a hero for club and country.
Following his transfer to Real Madrid, the club announced the signing of 2014 World Cup Golden Boot winner James Rodriguez in a contract worth € 80m (71, £ 5million), and during his time at the Santiago Bernabeu he spent the majority of the time. sharing a locker room with two of the three players who have been crowned Ballon d’Or winners for the past 12 years.
If the fact that Kroos doesn’t demand as much attention as some of his teammates is any factor in his ability to be in full control of games, we’ll never really know.
But one thing is for sure: Tony Kroos is an absolute superstar whose brilliance probably won’t be really appreciated until he hangs up his boots. But not by us – we see you, Toni.