Toni Kroos

Toni Kroos: Life, Clubs, Career and Stats 

Toni Kroos is a generational player who has graced the world of football by his presence. One of the greatest midfielders in sport, is the epitome of calm and composed play. The playmaker is currently plying his trade with Real Madrid in La Liga, and is set to hang up his boots this year after the conclusion of Euro 2024. The number 8 has come out of international retirement to represent Germany in the summer tournament at home. To know more about Kroos’ club records, career and stats, scroll down below.

Hailing from a small German town, Kroos found his love for the beautiful game of football, thanks to her father, who guided his son to wear the boots in his childhood days. After spending his teenage years in Germany, he came to Real Madrid to mark his name in the legends’ book. The former Bayern Munich and Bayer Leverkusen midfielder is a staunch admirer of Franz Beckenbauer, and spoke of his admiration for the German legend many times publicly. As Kroos is at the twilight of his dazzling career, which consists of five Champions League and one FIFA World Cup title, let’s have a look at his career and records as a footballer.

All you need to know about Toni Kroos

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Toni Kroos in La Liga (Credit: Getty)

Kroos was born in a middle-class family on January 4, 1990 in the city of Greifswald, the western part of Pomerania. His father inspired him to be a footballer and admitted him to his town’s local club, Greifswalder Sport Club at a very tender age. His introduction to football became even more special after his father took charge as his first coach.

Gradually, Kroos, with his skills and talent went through significant development at that club. Later, another lower division team, Hansa Rostock signed him where he was nurtured and made one of the youngsters in Germany. His passing skills, goal-scoring stability with accuracy and composure in the field led him to become one of the most attractive prospects in Europe. Bayern Munich did not hesitate to go after him and finally brought him to Allianz Arena in 2006.

After spending almost eight years in Munich, Kroos shifted his career from Germany to Spain to play for Real Madrid, the greatest club in the history of football at the age of 24 in 2014. And now, after winning all the major titles including the prestigious Champions League, he is going to bid goodbye to professional football in a few weeks time. In his decorated career, the German midfielder also lifted a FIFA World Cup in 2014.

Toni Kroos Bio

  • Full name: Toni Kroos
  • Date of birth: 4th January, 1990
  • Place of birth: Greifswald, Germany
  • Professional debut: 26 September, 2007
  • Height: 1.83 m
  • Foot: Right-footed
  • Playing position: Centre-midfield
  • Current teams: Real Madrid, German national football team
  • Jersey number: 8

Early Years of Toni Kroos

Kroos started his footballing journey at the age of seven with a local German club, Greifswalder SC in 2007. His father, who used to be a football coach at that time, inspired his son to play football despite his mother wanting his son to focus on his education.

However, he chose the path of football instead of pursuing higher education. Kroos was only able to finish his school education in Evershagen after moving to the youth camp of Bayern Munich in 2006. Before that, he truly found his footing as a midfielder in Hansa Rostock where he played for four years.

Clubs: Journey from Bayern Munich to Real Madrid

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Toni Kroos with UCL trophy (Credit: Twitter)

Meteoric rise at Bayern Munich

Kroos rose in the ranks of Hansa Rostock youth academy in just one year and caught the attention of the Bavarians. In 2006, Bayern sealed the signing of the 16-year-old star and deployed him in their academy. The iconic midfielder delivered on big occasions for the Bayern Munich II and eased his way to the senior debut in 2007. Before making debut for the senior team, Kroos had already scored 4 goals in just 13 appearances.

Senior Debut for Bayern (2007-2009)

His impact in the second division of Bundesliga earned him a promotion to the senior team at Bayern Munich. The decorated playmaker made his senior professional debut in 2007 as the youngest player ever to represent the Bavarians in the German top flight against Energie Cottbus in which the German heavyweights clinched a comfortable 5-0 victory.

Kross recorded two assists in that game, helping Miroslav Klose to score a brace. He made 20 appearances for die Roten in his debut season. But his joy at the club was short-lived after he was sent to Bayern Leverkusen on loan as the Bavarians had too many stars in the squad to make a way for him.

Loan Spell at Bayer Leverkusen (2008-10)

This is where Kroos was handed regular playing time in the Bundesliga. He also scored his goal in the German top division in a 1-2 defeat against Vlf Wolfsburg in 2009. The most fruitful season for the German came in the 2009-10 season where he finished the calendar year with nine goals and 12 assists in 33 games.

Return of the prodigal son (2010-2014)

Kroos kicked off his second spell at Bayern with a DFB Pokal title victory in 2014. Meanwhile, Bayern truly utilized his talent in the 2011-12 season under the watch of Jupp Heynckes, playing 51 games in all competitions. He played a pivotal role in Bayern’s treble-winning 2012-13 season, scoring 5 goals and registering 10 assists. He ended his Bayern career with 22 goals in senior football while adding 26 assists to his tally of achievements. When he decided to move to Spain, he had already won three Bundesliga titles.

Toni Kroos: The Real Madrid Chapter (2014-2024)

Kross’ arrival at Real Madrid in 2014 on a 26 million euro deal took his career to a whole new level where he ticked off every possible club title achievement alongside stars like Cristiano Ronaldo, Karim Benzema and Luka Modric. The number 8 of Los Blancos honored his ‘sniper’ nickname by producing impressive performances throughout the years, helping his side to win three consecutive UEFA Champions League titles (2016, 2017, 2018).

Since his debut at the Spanish capital, Kroos has made a whopping 463 appearances for the Royal whites, etching his name in the history book of the club. He has been a monumental figure in the team’s 22 title glories since his arrival at the Santiago Bernabeu. The 34-year-old has amassed 22 goals and 69 assists in 10 years. He has won four La Liga titles, four Champions Leagues, four Super Cups, five Club World Cups and one Copa Del Rey for Madrid. The true meaning of long passes, creativity and crosses were redefined by the midfield maestro in Spain.

Career & Stats

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Toni Kroos with 2014 FIFA World Cup trophy (Credit: Twitter)
ClubSeasonAppsGoalsAssists
Bayern Munich2007-20081902
Bayer Leverkusen2008-201043109
Bayern Munich2010-20141111325
Real Madrid2014-20244632269

For Germany:

National TeamYearAppsGoalsAssists
Germany U172005-2007341721
Germany U192009536
Germany U212008-20091029
Germany senior team2010-20241081721

Toni Kroos Records & Achievements

  • First German footballer to win Champions League titles with two different clubs
  • Only player to win six Club World Cups in history
  • Youngest German to feature for Bayern Munich in Bundesliga
  • Most touches (118 vs Sweden in 2018) for a German in a World Cup
  • 5 UCLs
  • 3 Bundesliga titles
  • 4 La Liga titles
  • 1 FIFA World Cup (2014)

Toni Kroos Personal Life

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Toni Kroos with his family (Credit: Instagram)

Toni Kroos belonged to a middle-class family in West Germany. His father, Roland Kroos, is a professional football manager, who pushed the little Kroos to choose the way of football in his childhood. His mother’s name is Brigit Kammer, who takes care of the wealth of his son. She is also a former badminton player.

The 34-year-old German international completed his schooling from Evershagen. The funniest story that circulates across social media platforms is – Kroos once missed his school days for 40 days due to a training session at Bayern Munich, which angered his mother. He is an ethnic Christian and prefers non-veg foods. He also has a brother named Felix Kroos, who once was a footballer.

Kroos married his girlfriend, Jessica Farber on 13th June, 2015 in a private ceremony with close friends and family members. The celebrity couple has two sons (Leon & Fin) and one daughter (Amelie). 

Toni Kroos Net Worth

The Real Madrid legend, despite being one of the richest and successful footballers on the planet, prefers to live a normal life, unlike other superstars in sports. He has a reported net worth of $26 million. According to the reports of GQ, the midfielder earns € 24,380,000 per week for his services at Real Madrid. Apart from that, he is paid handsomely for featuring in the advertisements.

The German is also a lover of luxury cars as he owns several costly superfast beasts such as Audi SQ5, Audi S7,BMW iX, Ferrari 458 Spider and Audi Q8. He has two football coaching academies in Spain and Germany. Recently, he produced a film named ‘Kroos’, in which he revealed his life secrets. 

FAQs

1. What is the nickname of Toni Kroos?

Ans: The most famous nickname of Toni Kroos is ‘German sniper.’ He is called by this name because of his accurate crosses and long passes. Brazilians call him “Garcom,” which means waiter in english.

2. When is Kroos going to retire?

Ans: He will retire after the Euro 2024 tournament.

3. Who is Kroos’ favorite player?

Ans: Franz Beckenbauer

4. How long has Kroos used his boots?

Ans: Toni Kroos has been using his Adidas Adipure 11pro boots since 2013.

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