Who was your best player you ever seen at Dortmund ?
Oh this is a hard one! Mostly because I have a hard time comparing players in different positions. For example, Auba and Lewy are statistically two of the best strikers in Bundesliga history, but for me, a lethal goalscorer is less visually magical to watch than a player with a more creative role.
Ilkay on a good day is spectacular to watch, especially in his last season with us. But in the same season, Miki was probably the best player in the league. Miki is a player whose technique you can stare at for a whole 90 minutes. He would’ve had a great shot at breaking the Bundesliga assist record if he hadn’t been suspended at the end of the season. His bursts of brilliance can create chaos for opponents, he can make something out of nothing, he’s incredibly clever and fast-thinking, but he also keeps up the brilliance throughout an entire game and he works incredibly hard.
But is Miki a better player than Ilkay? It’s hard to say. Ilkay is brilliant in a different way. He’s a visionary, one of the most intelligent players I’ve ever seen on the pitch. He doesn’t just create chances, he creates the entire flow of the game. Maybe one thing he has over Miki is versatility. He would start in any team and control the play of any team.
There’s also Marco. Compared to Miki, Marco is more of a classic Bundesliga forward, but I think the most magical part about that is how well he does it. He’s crazy well-rounded, and nothing is sacrificed because he does everything at an incredibly high level. Dribbling, shooting, creativity, speed, vision, pressing, manipulating space, agility, even defending. It allows him to play any of the forward positions because he’s just so good at football. His ratio of goals and assists is crazy, and we can’t underestimate the importance of scoring the 1:0. He has a star quality without ever needing to be flashy. I’m cautious of my own bias towards him, because he’s my favourite player, but it was the playing style that made me love him. There’s a reason why all the rabid fanboys (and youth players) idolize him so much and almost every club in Europe was after him. So I guess my answer is Marco haha