Kroos shines before retirement: 'He is the best midfielder Germany has ever had'

After achieving near-perfect passing accuracy against Scotland, the 34-year-old midfielder, who will retire at the end of Euro 2024, impressed once again against Hungary.

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Toni Kroos, who will retire from football after Euro 2024, shone once again on Wednesday while playing for host nation Germany. The team secured qualification for the round of 16 with a 2-0 victory over Hungary, following their 5-1 thrashing of Scotland in their tournament debut.

After achieving near-perfect passing accuracy (99%, with 101 successful passes out of 102) against the Scots, the 34-year-old midfielder stood out again against the Hungarians, completing 47 passes that broke through the opposition's lines.

According to the newspaper As, this record is the best so far in this European Championship, with Kroos surpassing his own count from the first round, where he made 30 breakthrough passes, and also Vitinha, who made 21 in the National Team's victory against the Czech Republic (2-1).

At the end of the match against Hungary, Deniz Undav, the German forward, was asked about the performance of his compatriot and former Real Madrid midfielder, praising his quality effusively. Undav stated, "Toni is a phenomenal player. His vision, precision, and ability to control the game are unmatched. He's been a crucial part of our success in this tournament."

Kroos's exceptional performances have not only highlighted his individual brilliance but have also been pivotal in Germany's strong showing in the tournament. His leadership on the field and his ability to dictate the tempo of the game have been instrumental in Germany's victories. As Kroos prepares to hang up his boots, his contributions to the team and his legacy in football are being celebrated by fans and teammates alike.

Germany's head coach also commended Kroos's impact, noting that his experience and calmness under pressure are invaluable assets to the team. "Toni brings a sense of stability and confidence to the squad. His presence on the pitch elevates everyone around him," the coach remarked.

As the tournament progresses, Kroos's influence will undoubtedly continue to be a key factor in Germany's pursuit of the championship. His farewell tour is turning into a showcase of his enduring class and talent, leaving an indelible mark on Euro 2024 and cementing his status as one of the greatest midfielders in the history of the game.

The anticipation now builds for Germany's next match, where fans hope to see more of Kroos's magic as the team aims to advance further in the competition.

Updated: 03:52, 20 Jun 2024

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