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What They're Saying: Toni Kroos
July 17th, 2014 7:54PM

TAGS:  bayern munich, real madrid


"Real Madrid is the best club there is and it is a step more than Bayern. … From beginning it was obvious I was going to leave Bayern, and I wanted to go to Real Madrid, no other team. I've been at Bayern for a long time and won everything so I thought it would be good to move to a new direction."

-- Germany World Cup winner Toni Kroos, who joined Bayern Munich in 2006 at age 16, at his Real Madrid unveiling. (

  1. David V
    commented on: July 17, 2014 at 8:40 p.m.
    Going to Spain is the pinnacle of a career, leaving means you're on the downside of a peak
  1. David V
    commented on: July 17, 2014 at 8:45 p.m.
    RM = Club of the Century... one major mistake of theirs was that Jose Mourinho character... amazing belligerent... poking Tito Vilanova in the eye, turning some of the world's best into thugs, telling RM to lose in Champions' League semifinal because it would save his face for a bizarre rant after losing the first leg of the tie... ruining the best goalkeeper in the world at the time (Iker Casillas) because Casillas would not carry out Mou's orders to lose... I'm glad the Madridistas finally wised up and ran him out of town...
  1. G O
    commented on: July 19, 2014 at 5:33 p.m.
    Will have to look at Toni Kroos' original statement. Not sure that anyone would agree with Real Madrid as the world's best club. Emphasis on: Present tense -- see how they flopped when the Spanish La Liga title was theirs for the very easy taking in the last 8-9 weeks of this past league season. Now, does Real Madrid have a museum filled from floor to ceiling of trophies over the last 100 years? Yes, of course. And it is obviously a glamour club in the Spanish capital - but in a league where only occassionally does a Valencia, Athletico, or maybe Sevilla club ever so slightly threaten the FC Barca-Real M. duality of dominance. It is probably the easiest big club of glamor to play for - with this very key exception: Non stop soap opera (to the nth degree) silliness. He's only there because of the money. And it will be a downturn in the career, for a fellow who had a very weak and ineffectual World Cup (see right footed shot against Argentina that was slightly more powerful than a backpass) FC Bayern will be the best chapter of his sporting life. Sad to say for one still so young.
  1. Santiago 1314
    commented on: July 20, 2014 at 9:59 a.m.
    HALA Madrid!! Cuando Viene "Hamez"???... Or "SantiJames" as I Prefer... LET THE SOAP OPERA BEGIN!!! All the way to "EL Once" (#11)...Now THAT's "The Greatest"...

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