Game Details
Ivory Coast
6:00 PM UTC
Game Details
New Zealand
6:35 AM UTC Mar 28, 2017
Game Details
United Arab Emirates
9:00 AM UTC Mar 28, 2017
Game Details
8:00 PM UTC Mar 28, 2017
Game Details
Trinidad and Tobago
11:00 PM UTC Mar 28, 2017
Game Details
United States
2:05 AM UTC Mar 29, 2017
Game Details

FIFA bans Mutko from election

Blog - FIFA
ESPN FC  By ESPN staff

#WorldCupRank: No. 34 Toni Kroos

« Previous: No. 35, Alexis Sanchez | Next: No. 33, Marco Reus »

No. 34 Toni Kroos, Bayern Munich/Germany

Why he's ranked: He is a sublime passer of the ball and wonderfully consistent in the midfield skirmishes, and it's a mystery why Bayern seem reluctant to give him the new contract he craves. He is comfortable with both feet and oozing with class, and his value will soar if his World Cup displays are as brilliant as most expect them to be.

Toni Kroos was not mentioned when Pep Guardiola spoke of plans for next season.
Kroos is on the cusp of becoming one of the world's top midfielders.

Key stat: Scored his first two competitive international goals against Ireland during 2014 World Cup qualifying.

What the experts say: "He's a throwback, an elegant playmaker from the time when the game was simpler and you had a midfielder who attacked and one who sat. He's the former, though he's been used in a variety of roles. Vision and the ability to thread the needle are his greatest assets, though he also chips in with a fair few goals. He's a finesse guy with the body of a player who could be more physical. Once he combines the two, he'll go to the next level." - Gabriele Marcotti

Other articles:
- ESPN FC Blogs: Germany
- The countdown: Our Top 50 players of the World Cup

« Previous: No. 35, Alexis Sanchez | Next: No. 33, Marco Reus »


Use a Facebook account to add a comment, subject to Facebook's Terms of Service and Privacy Policy. Your Facebook name, photo & other personal information you make public on Facebook will appear with your comment, and may be used on ESPN's media platforms. Learn more.