Although the 29-year-old Real Madrid defender is not the most well-known player on Germany’s roster for the FIFA World Cup in 2022, he is nonetheless a star.
While Germany, the 2014 World Cup champions, are well-equipped in midfield and up attack, Rudiger faces a difficult task in transforming a nascent backline into a solid fortress.
For some reason, he seems to be a wonderful fit for the job.
He may have learned the most important lesson of his life during his formative years in the so-called football cages in one of Berlin’s worst neighborhoods.
In a challenging context, the Neukolln neighborhood was close to a melting pot of cultures. In his instance, events evolved into a useful life lessons in many ways.
It took him a while before he began to draw attention to the main stage in front of the TV cameras.
Following his years of apprenticeship-like experience at Stuttgart, the towering defender chose the difficult route, spending two years at AS Roma and five at Chelsea, which included disappointments and setbacks, according to Xinhua.
The German, who joined Real Madrid last summer, became one of Europe’s top defenders after honing his strong will on Berlin’s streets.
The fact that he had amassed priceless experience taking on the continent’s finest strikers of all stripes persuaded German coach Hansi Flick to send him to Qatar.
Flick forgot about defender Mats Hummels, who won the 2014 World Cup, due to his rapid development and game-changing abilities.
Rudiger, who had just scored Real’s equalizer in a Champions League group game while also suffering from a head wound that required multiple stitches.
The question of who will partner with him must be resolved because it appears certain that he will be a regular in the starting eleven.
Along with putting Rudiger in the spotlight, Flick’s choice to leave Hummels at home also reveals a relationship built on a foundation of unwavering trust.