Toni Kroos has signed a new deal with Real Madrid that will make him the highest paid German player in history, keeping him at the club through 2022. The midfield maestro bossed up and signed with Real Madrid in 2014 after Bayern Munich wouldn’t pony up the dough to keep him, now the German giants are wondering why they ever let him walk away.
Kroos has been one of the unsung heroes at Real Madrid since signing, delivering laser-guided missile passes to Cristiano Ronaldo and the rest of the gang from all over the pitch. He doesn’t score a lot of goals, but Kroos sees the game better than just about every other 26-year-old alive and was instrumental in Madrid’s Champions League campaign last year. Technically and tactically, they don’t make ’em any better than Toni Kroos. Check out his highlight comp from last year; there’s a reason it’s called “The Perfect Midfielder.”
Reports from Spain indicate that Kroos’ new deal is worth $22 million per year through 2022, making him the highest paid German player in history. He also became the first German to lift the Champions League trophy with two different clubs (the first being Bayern Munich) after winning the Champions League with Real Madrid last year.
This new deal dispels persistent rumors Kroos would sign with either Manchester United or Manchester City before the end of 2016. I guess a $130 million extension will remind you where your loyalties lie. And if it ain’t broke, don’t fix it!
Why would Kroos want to leave a club like Real Madrid? He’s surrounded by a laundry list of the world’s best players and has a kindred spirit in the midfield in Luka Modric, another player who sees the game in HD while everyone else is watching vertical videos filmed on a potato.
Kroos’ falling out with Bayern Munich, the preferred destination for members of the German national team, came about when he asked for the same wage as Mario Götze and the club said “Nah, you ain’t worth that paper, Ton.”
Bayern fans (and probably management) are lamenting the decision to let Kroos walk.
Moral of the story: you get what you pay for, and what Real Madrid just bought is a footballing genius that will keep them in European title contention through 2022.