A product of the Bundesliga giants’ youth academy, the German international spent a total of seven years in the first-team picture – winning the Champions League in his penultimate season – before departing for Spain.
He’s since gone on to enjoy much success with Los Blancos, winning back-to-back European titles as well as ending the club’s five-year wait to be crowned champions of Spain and says he holds no regrets about leaving the Allianz Arena.
“My change of team was correct, in fact, from my point of view there is no doubt about it,” Kroos said in an interview with the German Football Association (DFB).
“Clearly, if you go abroad to a top club, it means one more step in your development.
“Carlo Ancelotti wanted me in Madrid, and had bet on me.”
Toni Kroos' game by numbers vs. Dortmund:
91.6% pass accuracy
4 chances created
2 tackles won
Superb yet again. pic.twitter.com/rywEly0fgk
— Squawka Football (@Squawka) September 27, 2017
It can be argued that Madrid’s acquisition of Kroos can be considered a bargain. He had just one year remaining on his deal with Bayern at the time of the move, meaning he cost just €25m a just a matter of weeks after he had won the World Cup with Germany.
Regarded as one of the finest playmakers across Europe, the 27-year-old’s ability to dictate the tempo and keep possession has helped Madrid dominate at home and abroad across the past 12 to 18 months.