December 23rd, 2014

Aaron #1

Kroos: I was right to leave Bayern for Madrid.

The midfielder feels the Club World Cup victory justifies his decision to leave the Allianz Arena and move to the Santiago Bernabeu and expects more trophies for his side in 2015

Toni Kroos believes winning the Club World Cup proves that he was right to leave Bayern Munich and join Real Madrid.

The midfielder joined the Santiago Bernabeu side in the summer for a reported €30 million and helped them to win the trophy on Saturday, after a 2-0 victory over San Lorenzo in the final, just months after he was crowned a world champion with Germany.

And Kroos, who also won the Champions League and Club World Cup during his time at Bayern, says he is happy to cap off a fine 2014 with another trophy and feels vindicated in his decision to join the Spanish giants.

"I'm so happy to win the Club World Cup for a second time," he told reporters. "This trophy is so good for Real Madrid, we are a great family.

"I chose Real Madrid and now I'm so happy. I was right to sign for Madrid.

"Before coming here, I didn't know what to expect, but I made the decision, I was looking for something new and I was lucky that I signed for Real Madrid."

The midfielder reflected on what has been a wonderful year for him and feels he and his team can progress even further in 2015.

"It was a great year, full of amazing moments, but you are not the champion of the world every year. Winning the final in Rio de Janeiro and lifting the cup was a very special moment.

"Germany had been waiting a long time for it. It was the best moment of the year. But 2014 was very good overall, so there are many good times to remember,

"Now we are looking forward to the Copa del Rey and Champions League, there are many great opponents like Barcelona, Chelsea and Bayern Munich.

"So it is going to be tough in the Champions League and in La Liga too. I think Barcelona and Atletico will be close in the table, so defending our position at the top won't be easy.

"Now in January we play Atletico in the Copa del Rey and if we win, we face Barcelona, so it will be very hard. But I think we have to look forward. We are in good form."


Cross-posted to hala_madrid.
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The top 100 footballers 2014 (Part 2 - Players #40 to #11)

The Guardian's choice of the world’s best current footballers was selected by a 73 global panel of experts from 28 countries (international players, journalists, broadcasters and Guardian correspondents). Today, they revealed Nos. 11-40, before unveiling the top 10 on Christmas Eve to complete this year’s list.

mrsvixen's post has the players from #100-#41: HERE

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