Toni Kroos’ agent recently made a very wise assertion.
He mused that now transfer fees have ballooned to the point where Neymar is worth £198million, 18-year-old Kylian Mbappe is worth £166m and Gylfi Sigurdsson is £45m, surely £25m for his client back in 2014 must be regarded as one of the best deals of the modern era.
Now, more details have emerged about Kroos’ switch from Bayern Munich to Real Madrid that will have Los Blancos fans feeling very smug indeed.
Kroos’ close friend Stefan Reinartz (who was team-mates with Kroos at Bayer Leverkusen) has revealed that Bayern CEO and club legend Karl-Heinz Rummenigge provided the motivation behind the transfer.
“Toni is a friend of mine, and I know the whole story,” Reinartz said:
“It was a little bit about money. Bayern Munich offered Toni a new contract.
“Toni knew what Mario Gotze was earning at Bayern Munich, Toni and Mario Gotze are [roughly] the same age but Bayern Munich didn’t want to pay Toni more than €10million [£8.8m].
“Rummenigge told Toni, ‘We won’t pay you more than €10million a year because you’re not a world-class player.’
“If you know Toni, it’s not about money. He needs the confidence of other people.”
It’s fair to say that Rummenigge has had a shocker there.
Kroos most definitely IS world-class.
In fact, you could argue that only team-mate Luka Modric could claim to be on the same level in terms of consistently impressive form over the last three years.
Since joining Real Madrid, the German midfielder has been a key figure and won eight trophies in three and a bit seasons including two Champions League crowns.
Kroos officially left Bayern just days after he had helped Germany win the 2014 World Cup.
Lionel Messi was awarded the Golden Ball for the tournament’s best player but many believe the accolade should have gone to Kroos who was particularly exceptional in the crucial knockout stages.
Bayern’s loss has been Madrid’s gain and it’s no coincidence that the La Liga’s clubs’ return to the world’s number one side has aligned with the signing of Kroos.
Not world-class? Hahahaha…