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When Marco Reus announced in January 2012 that he would be joining Borussia Dortmund after the Bundesliga season, seismic shifts rattled through German football. Although perhaps the most obvious and recent inclusion in this list, Marco Reus is truly the most iconic transfer in Borussia Dortmund's modern history.
The German prodigy ,who chose Dortmund over Bayern Munich, is arguably the most exciting prospect in German football at the moment. As we saw in the European Championships in 2012, and the following Bundesliga season that has just concluded, Reus is a young player who cherishes every challenge in front of him, and excels spectacularly.
With 19 goals to his name this season — only two less than his tally for Gladbach in his inaugurating Bundesliga season — Reus has established himself within Dortmund's starting 11, and quickly made himself indispensable to their success.
Of course, the best is yet to come from this young midfielder, and with Mario Gotze's exit looming, next season will possibly prove to be Reus' most important yet. As we briefly saw in the Champions League final, he'll become the priority playmaker at Dortmund, with the responsibility of continuing his role in German football with bright, attacking football.
Despite the large fee of £15 million, Jurgen Klopp dealt a killer blow to Bayern Munich with the acquisition of Marco Reus, in ensuring that the country knew that their recent success wasn't a blip, but the announcement of established, sustainable challenge to the Bavarian stranglehold on German football.
If Jurgen Klopp can be considered the marquee manager on the sideline, guiding this club to greatness, then Marco Reus is surely his equal on the pitch as they characteristically wrestle success and trophies from their Bayern rivals.