Marco Reus (born 31 May 1989) is a German professional footballer who plays as an attacking midfielder, winger or striker for German club Borussia Dortmund and the Germany national team. Reus is known for his versatility, speed and technique.
Reus spent his youth career at Borussia Dortmund, prior to leaving for Rot Weiss Ahlen. On 25 May 2009, Reus signed a four-year contract with Bundesliga club Borussia Mönchengladbach. On 28 August 2009, he scored his first Bundesliga goal in a game against Mainz 05 after a 50-metre solo run, and since then became a prolific goalscorer for his club under Lucien Favre. At the start of the 2011–12 season, Reus began the season in fine form, scoring seven goals in 12 matches.
Reus plays primarily as a left attacker for BVB; however, he is capable of playing on the right also and through the middle, due to his ability to closely control the ball with both feet. 2012 was his most successful season when, scoring 18 and assisting eight, he helped Borussia Mönchengladbach secure a place in the following season’s UEFA Champions League. His contract with Gladbach was set to expire in 2015 and reportedly had a buy-out clause of €18 million. Reus mentioned that his role model was Tomáš Rosický. Reus agreed a move to his home club Borussia Dortmund at the end of that season. Reus wears number 11 for Dortmund.
On 4 January 2012, Reus signed with his former club Borussia Dortmund for a transfer fee of €17.1 million on a five-year deal that will keep him at the club until July 2017. He spoke about his transfer saying, “I’ve made the decision to take the next step forward in the coming season. I’d like to play for a club who can challenge for the league title and guarantee me Champions League football. I see this chance in Dortmund.” Reus officially re-joined Dortmund on 1 July 2012. In Reus’ Bundesliga debut with Dortmund on 24 August, he scored a goal as his new side completed a 2–1 win over Werder Bremen. On 29 September, Reus scored two goals for Dortmund in a 5–0 rout of his former club Borussia Mönchengladbach, pushing the champions to the top of the Bundesliga table through six games.
With Dortmund, Reus won the 2013 DFL-Supercup. Reus was the Footballer of the Year in Germany in 2012 and was on the UEFA Team of the Year in 2013. Franz Beckenbauer spoke about Reus, along with Mario Götze, saying, “…as a classic duo there is nobody better than the prolific Reus and Götze.” In 2013, Reus was ranked as the fourth best footballer in Europe by Bloomberg.
Reus is the cover athlete of FIFA 17, a sports game made by EA Sports.