Toni Kroos has topped off his World Cup win by today confirming that he is a Real Madrid player.
The player has left Bayern Munich a year before his contract expired in exchange for €25 million plus another €5 million in variables, which depend on the player reaching certain objectives once dressed in white. He will earn €6 million per season to the end of his contract.
The best player of the World Cup, according to FIFA's website, will land in Madrid to be presented to his new public. Kroos will wear the number 8 shirt, expected to become a bestseller from the minute it hits the shelves in the Bernabéu shop.
The Germany-Real Madrid combination certainly works as seen by the fact that Kroos will be the ninth German to call the Bernabéu his home ground. He follows in the footsteps of Günter Netzer (1973-76), Paul Breitner (1974-77), Uli Stielike (1977-85), Bernd Schuster (1988-90), Bodo Illgner (1996-2001), Christoph Metzelder (2007-10), Mesut Özil (2010-13) and Sami Khedira (2010-).
The German to have enjoyed the longest stint with 'Los Blancos' is Stielike who played both as a midfielder and sweeper during his eight years with the club in which he won three La Liga titles, two Copas del Rey and one UEFA Cup.
Kroos' presentation ceremony will take place at 17:00 in the VIP box of the stadium, the usual venue for this kind of event. It will be there that Florentino Pérez will address Kroos for the first time as a Real Madrid player and where the German will first say the famous words, "Hala Madrid", to the delight of the fans, who are expected to flock to the White Coliseum despite the time and the soaring temperatures in the capital.