When Real Madrid saw the opportunity of snatching one of the most promising German midfielders in 2014, they didn’t hesitate in making a move for Toni Kroos.
Seven years, three Champions League trophies and two LaLiga Santander titles later, Los Blancos are fully aware that their 25 million euro investment at the time has paid dividends, as Kroos has become a club legend.
The Germany international was unsettled at Bayern Munich back in 2014, after a loan spell at Bayer Leverkusen and Champions League success in 2013.
His contract was running out a year later and the Bavarians were not willing to lose him on a free transfer in 2015.
That’s when Real Madrid stepped in and opened talks with Bayern Munich, with the two parties agreeing on a 25 million euro fee to seal the deal.
Los Blancos had hit the bullseye, as Kroos instantly adapted to his new environment to become one of the best signings in Real Madrid history.
Taking the reverse trip
Some weeks after Kroos‘ arrival in the Spanish capital, Pep Guardiola decided to spend 15m euros on the then 32-year-old Xabi Alonso, who left Real Madrid to join Bayern Munich.
Four years after landing in Madrid, Kroos agreed to renew his contract until 2023 and he has since become one of the most vital cogs of the team.
“[Kroos] is a person of principles,” they stress from Real Madrid.
“Serious and excellent professional and a good teammate. He has been a blessing from God.”