Former Ballon d'Or winner claims Borussia Dortmund forward Marco Reus is an inspiration and role-model
Posted: 27 February 2018 Time: 12:30
A former Ballon d'Or winner claims Borussia Dortmund forward Marco Reus is a role model that deserves more respect than the sporting achievements of Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo.
Reus, 28, is widely considered as one of the most technically gifted forward's in Europe but his career has been blighted by injuries over the past two campaigns.
After missing the first-half of last season with a pelvic problem, the Germany international made a successful recovery, only to suffer a knee ligament injury shortly after in May last year.
Now upon his return, the Dortmund captain has scored two goals in his last two starts and 1996 Ballon d'Or winner and former BVB head coach Matthias Sammer, feels Reus needs to be commended for his willingness to overcome his setbacks.
"I'm absolutely convinced by Marco and I have much more respect for him due to the situations that he has lived through," Sammer told Kicker about the forward who missed the 2014 World Cup and Euro 16 due to injury.
"If you take Messi or Cristiano Ronaldo now, who have had few injuries and played football for a decade at almost God-given levels, that is certainly wonderful and has my respect.
"But I think those situations that Marco went through are lessons for life. He is a true role model for many. Not giving up, continuing, surviving difficult phases, stabilising to continue living, showing motivation for the profession – that is Marco Reus."