Club: Bayern Munich
Mario Gotze stunned the world footballing community last season when he agreed to join Bayern Munich just weeks before he was due to face them in the UEFA Champions League final.
The prodigious No. 10, a former favored son at Borussia Dortmund, where he came through the ranks, has now recovered from injury and begun to make his mark on coach Pep Guardiola’s first team—and boy, what an impact he’s having.
Despite being so young, he has an incredible grasp on the tactical side of the game, and with Joachim Loew’s inability to find a striker to suit Germany’s 4-2-3-1 formation, expect Gotze to grow into a free-flowing centre-forward’s role soon enough.
His weaving dribbles are Lionel Messi-esque, while his agility and small stature allow him to escape the most impossible of circumstances. Teams will mark, double-mark or perhaps even triple-mark him, but it won’t matter.
Gotze will grow over the course of the 2013-14 season, and alongside Mesut Ozil, he will fire die Mannschaft into the latter stages of the FIFA World Cup.