Born on January 4, 1990, in Greifswald, Germany, Toni Kroos is a German professional footballer who plays as a midfielder for La Liga club Real Madrid.
Kroos plays mainly as a central midfielder, but has also been deployed as a deep-lying playmaker in his career.
Known for his vision, passing, creativity, crossing and set-piece ability, Kroos is widely regarded as one of the best midfielders of all time.
Kroos began his senior club career playing for Bayern Munich, where he made his debut at age 17 in 2007.
He was sparingly used, and opted for an 18-month loan spell at fellow Bundesliga side Bayer Leverkusen, where he became a key contributor, and returned to his parent club with an increased profile in 2010.
With Bayern, Kroos won two consecutive league titles, a UEFA Champions League title, two DFB-Pokal titles, and was voted into the league team of the season three times. In 2014, he joined Real Madrid in a transfer worth €25 million.
In Madrid, Kroos won sixteen trophies, including three La Liga titles and four UEFA Champions League titles, where he won three consecutively from 2016 and 2018, each time being selected in the competition’s team of the season.
He has been selected in the FIFPro World11 and UEFA Team of the Year three times, and the league’s team of the season twice. He was voted the IFFHS World’s Best Playmaker in 2014 and German Footballer of the Year in 2018.
Kroos won Golden Player at the 2006 UEFA European Under-17 Championship, where he also finished as top goalscorer, and won the Golden Ball at the 2007 FIFA U-17 World Cup.
He made his senior debut for Germany in 2010, at age 20, and appeared in five major tournaments. Kroos helped Germany win the 2014 FIFA World Cup, where he was top assist provider and voted to the All-Star Team, Dream Team, and German Player of the Year.
At UEFA Euro 2016, he was selected to the Team of the Tournament. He announced his international retirement after his team’s elimination from Euro 2020 in 2021.
On 10 April 2021, Kroos scored his first El Clásico goal which came from a free-kick in the 28th minute at the Di Stefano Stadium which proved to be the winner in a vital 2–1 league win to send Los Blancos to the top of the league.
This was Kroos’ first free kick goal for Real Madrid in just his sixth attempt.
Kroos won the 2022 UEFA Champions League with Real Madrid after defeating Liverpool 1-0 on May 28.
Toni Kroos Siblings: Meet Brother Felix Kroos
Felix Kroos is the younger brother of German International midfielder Toni Kroos.
Felix is a German former professional footballer who played as a midfielder.
He played for Hansa Rostock, Werder Bremen, Union Berlin, and Eintracht Braunschweig and represented Germany at international levels U16 through U21.
He was born on March 12, 1991, Greifswald, Germany, making him 31 years in 2022.
Felix got married to his wife Lisa Klaas in 2019. The couple has no children yet.