Marco Reus is the face of Borussia Dortmund – the man who wore the captain's armband for five years between 2018 and 2023. ''I will never forget where I come from and how hard I had to work to achieve my goals,’'' says the Dortmund-born star, who only left his hometown for spells in Ahlen (2006 to 2009) and Mönchengladbach. The prodigal son returned in 2012. And it seems like he's here for good. In May 2023 he extended his expiring contract for another season. "Ever since I was a boy, I have said that this club is something very special to me. I am therefore very happy that I have been able to extend my contract for another year. It was always my wish to end my career here. That wish has never changed."
At several points throughout his career, Reus has received other, more financially lucrative offers from other clubs. The club captain chose not to follow the money, preferring to play his part in bringing the club back up to the top level. In his own words: ''It’s like in real life. things don’t always go how you would like. But even in those tough times, you have to stick to your values and your principles.'' Hans-Joachim Watzke stressed: ''This player shows the utmost sense of identification with the club. We are extremely proud.'' For Reus, this is just something that comes naturally: ''I’ve been wearing the Borussia kit since 2012. When I was a child, I always dreamed of running out in Black & Yellow and playing for the club. Dortmund is my home, and BVB are my club."
Marco Reus was born and raised in Dortmund. Growing up, his hero was Tomas Rosicky: ''He played football exactly the way I wanted to. I used to wear a sweatband so that I could be like him. His movement on the pitch and his ability to pick out a teammate was a real inspiration to me. He was a really friendly guy. I would have loved to be able to play with him.''
Back in 2006, Marco Reus was part of the Borussia Dortmund U17 squad that made it to the final of the German Championship. However, the skinny 16-year-old wasn’t a regular in the starting XI, and he decided to seek his fortune elsewhere. The attacker moved to Rot-Weiß Ahlen, where he turned out for the youth teams in the U19 Bundesliga before making the step-up to the first team - playing in the Regionalliga, the 3. Liga and then the Bundesliga 2. He nailed down a place in the starting line-up and became one of the top performers at the club. In the summer of 2009, the man dubbed “Reus the Rocket” by kicker magazine signed for Borussia Mönchengladbach, where he saw ''the best opportunity to develop in the long run.''
In the summer of 2012, some skilful manoeuvring in the transfer market from BVB sporting director Michael Zorc was enough to convince the Germany international to return to his roots and sign for BVB. Zorc and the BVB management team faced fierce competition from some of Europe’s top clubs for the signature of the technically-gifted dribbler with a keen eye for goal.
When the young family man - his daughter was born in March 2019 - enters the opposing box at high speed, the ball seems to stick to his feet. His pace and impeccable technique are complemented by a sharp goalscoring instinct. The exceptionally speedy and agile attacker is capable of conjuring something from nothing at any moment to turn a game on its head. In his "old age" he has also become a minor marathon runner. He ran an average of 11.5 kilometres per game in 2022/23 and sprinted 32 times per 90 minutes.
During his time at BVB he has reached the 2013 Champions League and won the DFB-Pokal on two occasions. In the 2017 final, he suffered a cruciate ligament tear as he scored the opening goal against Frankfurt in trademark fashion (BVB won 2-1). In 2021, he delivered a majestic performance in the final as BVB triumphed 4-1 over Leipzig. He played a key role in the first three goals and provided the assist for the fourth. Only three players in BVB history have scored more Bundesliga goals than Reus (114): Lothar Emmerich (115), Michael Zorc (131) and Manfred Burgsmüller (135). His total of 161 goals in the Black & Yellow jersey is surpassed only by Adi Preißler.
In 2012 and 2019, sports journalists honoured him with the most prestigious individual prize in German football: "Footballer of the Year." Reus joined Hans Tilkowski (1965), Matthias Sammer (1995 and 1996) and Jürgen Kohler (1997) as the fourth Borussia player to receive the award.
Marco Reus is married and has a daugher.