Marco Reus was born within a stone's throw from BVB's monumental Westfalenstadion and signed to the youth academy as a hopeful 7-year-old. After 10 years of footballing education his pursuit of some regular playing time forced him to look elsewhere as his physical stature was deemed too slight, leading him to a move across North Rhine-Westphalia to Rot Weiss Ahlen. He would begin his Wersestadion adventure in the under-19 squad but quickly developed into one of the key players at the club, leading them to promotion back to the Bundesliga 2 in his first full season.
His potential was clear for all to see, and his four goals and three assists in the 27 games he participated in during the following season earned him a move to Borussia Monchengladbach in the German topflight.
Reus flourished under Foals manager Lucien Favre, who occasionally deployed him as a striker and also added an emphasis on playing with a lot of creative freedom - letting him off his leash, if you will.
Despite still being just 20-years-old he found himself as a first team regular at Gladbach, playing a total of 35 games in his first campaign with the club. His goalscoring tally finished on eight, and his assists on four, but this was only the start.
The following season Reus smashed the double figure target that he had set himself, netting twelve times in the 37 games in which he took part and also assisting on 10 occasions. His impressive form earned him a call up to the German senior side for a friendly against Malta, although he had to wait a year to make his debut for Die Mannschaft due to a niggling injury.
The 2011/12 season was when he really exploded onto the big stage. The playmaker, or the skunk as some know him because of his hairstyle, could do no wrong last season. His scorching form in the early stages was enough for Borussia Dortmund to trigger his release clause, believed to be around €17m, and offer the player a road home. He duly took it, but finished the season with Gladbach and ended on 21 goals and 12 assists in his 37 games. He was rewarded with the Footballer of the Year award in Germany for 2012, leaving the Dortmund fans salivating with anticipation.
He joined up with the Bundesliga champions in the summer, and slotted in like he had never left the club as an eager teenager. He struck up an almighty partnership in the middle of the field with Mario Gotze and the two have been a major factor in BVB reaching the Champions League quarter-final this term. As a result of Bayern Munich's stupendous form this season in the Bundesliga, it looks unlikely that Jurgen Klopp's men will pick up the league title.
However, on an individual basis Reus has had an incredible first year back. He so far has 15 goals for his boyhood club, 11 of those coming in the league, and has been credited with 11 assists. He has created a further 41 chances in his 26 Bundesliga appearances, and can boast an average shot accuracy of 57% (32 shots on target, 24 shots off target). His determination has seen him succeed in 51% of his attempted duels, whilst his average pass success is a notable 76%.
There is no doubting Marco Reus is a remarkable talent. His turn of pace allows his boss to utilise him either on the wing or as a frontman if needs be, but his creativity and abundance of technical abilities makes him the perfect player to roam just behind the striker. His impeccable ball control can be matched by few in Europe, never mind Germany, and he is able to strike a ball with immense power and accuracy.
It is no wonder, then, that the likes of Chelsea and Manchester City have been touted to seek his services when the new season rolls around. After all, Manchester City know exactly what sort of threat the German star poses. When City hosted the Signal Iduna outfit in the latter stages of last year in the Champions League group stages, Reus had no hesitation to open the scoring in their 1-1 draw.
Reus is contracted to Dortmund until mid 2017, so a move away would be nigh on impossible to predict. The Premier League money bags will have to settle watching him strut his stuff in the black and yellow of Borussia for some time yet.