One might say that Toni Kroos has had a pretty decent 2014. He was on the Bayern squad which won the Bundesliga, the DFB-Pokal, the UEFA Super Cup and the Club World Cup. He was also one of the key players in a Germany squad which won some little thing called the FIFA World Cup. You may have heard of it. He also picked up the UEFA Super Cup and the Club World Cup with Real Madrid, who he joined last summer for a now paltry €30 million.
While heaps and heaps of recent praise have gone to his national teammate Manuel Neuer for his ability to stand 20 yards out of his box while his team is up 4-0 on weaklings and his uncanny resemblance to one Tom Hanks, it was Kroos who ended up winning the DFB (Deutscher Fußball-Bund) Player of the Year award for 2014.
According to the report:
The midfielder ends Mesut Ozil's three-year grip on the throne, having received 40.6 percent of the votes cast by supporters of Die Mannschaft, 1.9% ahead of runner-up Miroslav Klose...Surprisingly, Ballon d'Or finalist Manuel Neuer garnered just 6.6% of the total vote count.
Kroos is off to a fast start in his life at Madrid, leading the league in pass completion rate (92.7 percent) and sitting in second place with seven assists to his name while having seen his name added to a host of World XIs in recent weeks.
Sehr gut, Toni!
(I have no idea if I wrote that correctly...)