Unlike some of the other players on this list, Reus did not leave Borussia Dortmund to go to a bigger club. Having spent nearly 10 years in the club’s youth academy, Reus was let go with his physique in question. He was gutted to leave the club he supported, but ended up joining Rot Weiss Ahlen before eventually moving to Borussia Mönchengladbach in 2009.
Reus announced his arrival to the Bundesliga immediately by scoring his first goal after a mesmerizing 50 yard run against Mainz. He then became a key player in Lucien Favre’s side and helped them go from relegation candidates to a top four side.
Then in 2012, Borussia Dortmund decided to sign Marco Reus for a fee of 18 million euros as they looked to conquer Europe under Jürgen Klopp. Reus ended up making an immediate impact and played a key run in his side’s run to the Champions League final.
Reus continued to cause havoc down the wing in the seasons that followed, and even though he had to endure some injury ravaged seasons, he remains one of the most important players in the Borussia Dortmund squad. He could have left for a bigger club when it seemed like a trend, but Marco Reus ended up staying, showing that loyalty does exist in football even in today’s world.