Germany has long been a major force in international football. They're also the second-most successful team in the FIFA World Cup's history. Since the turn of the millennium, they've also been one of the most dominant football teams on the international stage.
In recent years, their standards have slipped slightly. Germany was knocked out of the 2018 FIFA World Cup in the group stages without a fight. England eliminated Die Mannschaft in the Round of 16 at the recently concluded Euro 2020. They appear to need to step up their game in preparation for the 2022 World Cup.
However, Germany continues to produce some of the world's top footballers. Let's take a look at the five best German players in the world right now, without further ado.
1. Joshua Kimmich
Joshua Kimmich is one of the world's most versatile players. He can play right back and anywhere in the middle of the field. Kimmich has established himself as one of the best holding midfielders in the world in recent years.
The 26-year-old is capable of playing both offensive and defensive roles and is as good in both. He is known for his intensity and work rate, making him a difficult player to play against. Kimmich is also a master at orchestrating play from the ground up, and his vision and tactical intelligence distinguish him as a top playmaker.
In football, the German international is akin to a'swiss army knife,' in that he can accomplish a wide range of tasks and succeed at each of them. He's off to a good start in the 2021-22 season, with three goals and four assists in seven Bundesliga games so far.
In 39 appearances for the Bavarians in all competitions in the 2020-21 season, Kimmich scored six goals and gave a whopping 14 assists from center midfield.
2. Thomas Muller
Despite the fact that Thomas Muller is not a particularly attractive footballer, he has consistently been one of Germany's top players over the last decade. Muller, a self-described 'Raumdeuter' or space translator, is one of the world's most intellectual players.
He shines as a second striker, causing plenty of problems for the opposition's backline with his positioning and movement. Muller is also well-known for his final-third link-up play. He has a fantastic knowledge of what goes on in the final third, which is one of the reasons he has such a high assist total every season.
Muller scored 15 goals and gave 24 assists in 46 games for Bayern Munich in all competitions in the 2020-21 season. Muller scored five goals and was named the Silver Ball winner for the tournament's second best player as Germany won the World Cup in 2014.
3. Toni Kroos
Toni Kroos is regarded as one of the best midfielders of the twenty-first century. In recent years, the Real Madrid midfielder has been a key member of the Champions League's most formidable midfield trio. In the recent decade, Kroos was one of Real Madrid's main weapons as they won the continental competition three times in a row.
Toni Kroos is one of the best passers in the history of the game, with remarkable technical ability and tactical awareness. From a deep-lying midfield position, he completely dominates games, and watching him and Modric run the show from the heart of the pitch is nothing short of a joy to witness.
Kroos is one of the most complete midfielders of his time, with his creativity, crossing, set-piece skill, passing, and shooting range. He compensates for his lack of speed with his positioning and spatial awareness.
Kroos has also won nearly everything there is to win in his career. Among his many achievements are one World Cup, four Champions League titles, three Bundesliga titles, two La Liga titles, and one Club World Cup.
4. Antonio Rudiger
Chelsea's new manager, Thomas Tuchel, takes charge in January 2021. He immediately turned them into one of the world's most fearsome defensive forces. Antonio Rudiger, who had faded into obscurity at the club under Frank Lampard, was pivotal in the process.
Rudiger has established himself as one of the top centre-backs in the Premier League thanks to his aggression, toughness, scorching pace, and decision-making. His distribution and ability to contribute from set-pieces on the other side of the pitch make him a very useful asset for Chelsea.
Chelsea are interested in extending Rudiger's contract, which expires next summer.
5. Manuel Neuer
Manuel Neuer is one of the best goalkeepers of all time, captaining Bayern Munich and the German national team at the same time. His heroics were key in Germany's 2014 World Cup victory. He also took home the Golden Glove for best goalkeeper at the tournament.
Neuer is largely regarded as the best'sweeper keeper' in the industry. He can run off his line to impede rival assaults by clearing through balls and quelling the danger because of his superb anticipation and reading of the game.
He is a complete goalkeeper, with exceptional shot-stopping, reflexes, composure, and decision-making. Neuer used to be an outfielder in his earlier days, which shows in his ball handling when his team is building from the back.
Neuer surpassed Oliver Kahn as the Bundesliga goalkeeper with the most clean sheets in September 2021. In the German top division, the 35-year-old has 206 clean sheets to his name.
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