Toni Kroos: I don’t enjoy being a leader

Toni Kroos: I don’t enjoy being a leader


Real Madrid midfielder Toni Kroos has said he doesn’t like being a leader or the focal point of the team despite playing the most minutes and pulling the strings in the heart of the Los Blancos team this season.

The German arrived at the Santiago Bernabeu from Bayern Munich last summer on the back of winning the World Cup with his country and has established himself as a key member of Carlo Ancelotti’s side.

In his first four months as a Real player, Kroos helped the side to wins in the European Super Cup final and Club World Cup final.

Speaking to the FIFA Magazine, the 24-year-old said he preferred staying out of the limelight and not taking the central role in the side.

“In general, I don’t really like being a leader, but the truth is that every time I step on the pitch, I try to take care of my responsibilities.  I’ve always been like that, wherever my position on the pitch.  My position requires me to be very involved in the game and be in constant contact with the ball.  Being constantly present is unavoidable.” he stated.

He also went on to discuss how he has adopted a more defensive role this season compared to where he played in the Bayern team.

“At the end of the day, what matters most is being a part of the team.  We only play with three midfielders, and I’m the one who has a more defensive role, but I’ve been in that position since the beginning of the season and I like it.  Of course, it was on request of the manager that I play there, but he agrees with my opinion on how I should play there.  I’m happy with how everything is going.  My position has been moving further back as the years go by and I have no problem with it.”


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