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5 best German players currently playing abroad

Daniel Pinder
23.24K   //    23 Sep 2017, 10:03 IST

Republic of Ireland v Germany - UEFA EURO 2016 Qualifier
The defending world champions are represented by some incredible talent

With the 2018 FIFA World Cup just around the corner, what better is there to do, than take a close look at the defending champions - Germany.

The German side boasts a plethora of world-class skill, with several of the world's finest footballers plying their trade for the defending champions.

Many of players have made a name for themselves out of their domestic league, owing to their contributions to the clubs they represent across the top leagues in Europe.

In the past, we’ve seen the likes of Jurgen Klinsmann and Michael Ballack play some of their best football outside of Germany, but from the current crop of players, who’s standing out?

#1 Toni Kroos

Real Madrid CF v RC Deportivo La Coruna - La Liga
Real Madrid CF v RC Deportivo La Coruna - La Liga

Entering his fourth season with Real Madrid, Toni Kroos is a World Cup winner and perhaps one that isn’t appreciated enough as he should be.

Joining the Spanish giants in 2014, the German has just one La Liga title to his name, but more impressive is his UEFA Champions League haul, with two at Real Madrid.

In 155 games in all competitions for the Los Blancos, the 27-year-old has created 45 goals, just four short of his tally at Bayern Munich in 50 fewer games.

His ability to play deep or as a No.10 makes Kroos the perfect midfielder for a double-pivot, in this case alongside Luka Modric, all while he’s yet to enter his prime.

There’s no doubting that in today’s market, Kroos would be valued over €100 million given his importance to both Madrid and Germany, while the €25m they did pay for him is most certainly a bargain.

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Daniel is a freelance sports journalist that specialises in German football.
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