I am living my dream

Born 20.09.93
Size 1.87m
Position Outside left
Paris Saint-Germain
PSG

Ici c'est Paris

Creative football in a great team, coupled with the great atmosphere at the Princes’ Park (Parc des Princes) and life in a wonderful city has been inspiring me from the start.

DIE MANNSCHAFT

Writing history. Together.

To be one of the best footballers in Germany, to represent our country in an international comparison as part of DIE MANNSCHAFT and to celebrate success together, always fills me with pride over and over again.

DFB
Successes

World Champion

German cup winner

Confederations Cup winner

German Super Cup winner

Trophée des Champions

Coupe de la Ligue

Coupe de France

1st Ligue

2014, Deutsche Nationalmannschaft

2010/2011, Schalke 04

2017, Deutsche Nationalmannschaft

2011/2012, Schalke 04

2017/2018, Paris Saint-Germain

2016/2017 & 2017/2018, Paris Saint-Germain

2016/2017 & 2017/2018, Paris Saint-Germain

2017/2018, Paris Saint-Germain

World cup
DFB Pokal
Confed cup
Superpokal
Trophée des Champions
Coupe de la ligue
Coupe de France
Ligue 1
Statistics
Matches 330 Goals 59 Assists 58
national international
Career

My
path

Gladbeck - my home
1993 to today

Gladbeck - my home

Gladbeck - Family city, sports city, my city - the current slogan of my hometown fits perfectly to my career.

BVR - my first club
12/98 - 06/00

BVR - my first club

Only 300 meters away from our apartment I wandered around with my first BV Rentfort football jersey at the age of five. I am still in contact with the club.

SSV Buer - the first step
07/00 - 11/01

SSV Buer - the first step

I switched to SSV Buer at the age of just seven. I recommended myself for a trial training on Schalke in the game of the BEST GROUP against the S04 youth.

Schalke youth - my long way to the goal
11/01 - 01/11

Schalke youth - my long way to the goal

I went through all U-teams of the S04 constantly learning something new. International tournaments against Barca, PSG and Arsenal were on the playing schedule at the time.

With the Westphalia selection to Africa
2010

With the Westphalia selection to Africa

As part of the World Cup 2010 I left Europe for the first time and flew with the Westphalia selection to Namibia. I discovered my interest in foreign cultures on this trip.

Professional debut with S04 against the HSV
15.01.2011

Professional debut with S04 against the HSV

In the 83rd minute I was the youngest Schalke professional ever to substitute Ivan Rakitic against HSV. I was 17 years and 117 days young.

The shot to happiness - my first goal
25.01.2011

The shot to happiness - my first goal

Coming in as a substitute at the 116th minute with the score of 2:2 against the 1. FCN, I scored the winning goal 3 minutes later catapulting us into the DFB Cup semi-final.

CL semifinal against Man-U
04.05.2011

CL semifinal against Man-U

Unfortunately, I have not made it past this point in the Champions League so far. Despite the disappointment of being eliminated I still like to look back on this moment.

First final, first title
21.05.2011

First final, first title

I was able to contribute to turn the 1:0 to the 5:1 victory over MSV. We took the DFB cup back to Gelsenkirchen and celebrated with the fans.

My debut in the national team
26.05.2012

My debut in the national team

The first national anthem with the eagle on my chest and my substitution for Poldi in the 62nd minute were indescribable moments.

My first serious injury
03.10.2012

My first serious injury

I broke my forearm in the 55th minute of the UEFA Champions League group game after scoring a goal for the final 2:2 draw.

My first Bundesliga brace
02.03.2013

My first Bundesliga brace

I scored my first brace in my 99th Bundesliga match for Schalke in a 4:1 victory in Wolfsburg. I contributed the 1:0 and 2:1 goals.

one hundred matches
09.03.2013

one hundred matches

100th Bundesliga game as the youngest player of all time - 2:1 derby victory - derby goal. Made this footballer's heart race - what more do you want?

Goal of the year with Señor Raùl
27.07.2013

Goal of the year with Señor Raùl

At the Señor's farewell match on Schalke Raùl and I succeeded in scoring THE goal of 2013 - a small thank you from me to my mentor.

Captain of the national team
13.05.2014

Captain of the national team

On this day, I led the young national team in a test match against Poland as the youngest captain of all time. A great feeling!

My debut at the world championship
08.07.2014

My debut at the world championship

In the historic 7:1 victory against Brazil I had my first World Cup match. I am proud and grateful for every moment of this tournament.

WORLD CHAMPION 2014 in Brazil
13.07.2014

WORLD CHAMPION 2014 in Brazil

Five days after my World Cup debut, I actually held the World Cup in my hands. What an honour to be part of DIE MANNSCHAFT!

1st Red Card as birthday gift
20.09.2014

1st Red Card as birthday gift

In the 50th minute I succeeded in scoring the 2:2 equalizer against Frankfurt with a header (!). 21 minutes later I saw the first red card of my career. Congratulations!

Weakness: Thigh
31.10.2014

Weakness: Thigh

After just 4 minutes, I tore a thigh tendon in the home game against Augsburg. I was forced to be a spectator for almost six months.

Change to Wolfsburg
31.08.2015

Change to Wolfsburg

I decided to change to Wolfsburg during the summer transfer period of 2015, to develop myself further as a player and human outside of my comfort zone.

1st CL - Goal in new dress
15.09.2015

1st CL - Goal in new dress

At the beginning of the CL group phase we received CSKA Moscow. My first goal for VfL also meant a 1:0 winning goal.

Man of the Match in the round of 16
26.06.2016

Man of the Match in the round of 16

The "man of the match" award in the round of 16 against Slovakia is a nice reminder of the EM'16 despite being eliminated in the semi-finals.

Change to Paris Saint-Germain
03.01.2017

Change to Paris Saint-Germain

I followed the call from France and signed my first contract outside the Bundesliga at Paris Saint-Germain in the winter of 16/17.

Historical elimination
08.03.2017

Historical elimination

This game is still one of my most painful sports experiences. After a 4:0 victory in the first leg in Paris, we were eliminated after losing 1:6 in Barcelona.

My first championship victory in Paris
01.04.2017

My first championship victory in Paris

In the final of the Coupe de la Ligue, we defeated the eventual champions AS Monaco 4:1 in Lyon. That meant my first title win with PSG.

Confed Cup winner 2017 & Player of the tournament
02.07.2017

Confed Cup winner 2017 & Player of the tournament

We won the Confed Cup with a 1:0 victory over Chile in the final. I owe it to a great team that I was later named "Player of the Tournament".

4 titles in my second season at PSG
19.05.2018

4 titles in my second season at PSG

We won four national titles - the championship, the Coupe de la Ligue, the Coupe de France and the French Super Cup - with PSG this season.

Participation in Russia 2018 world cup
15.06.2018

Participation in Russia 2018 world cup

At the moment I am 100% focussed on the World Cup in Russia. We want to defend the title!