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Top 5 German Footballers Playing Abroad in 2023

Ter Stegen at Barcelona
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Let’s review the best German stars who don’t play in the Bundesliga.

German footballers have been making waves across top leagues around the world, contributing to the success of their respective clubs. 

In this article, we rank the top five German footballers currently playing abroad in 2023 based on their form ahead of the next season.

Antonio Rüdiger (Real Madrid)

Antonio Rüdiger has established himself as a commanding centre-back for both Real Madrid and the German national team. In his debut season with the Blancos, Rudiger made a total of 53 appearances, claiming a starting spot at the heart of his side’s backline.

With his physicality, aerial prowess, and strong tackling, Rüdiger brings stability to the Real Madrid defence.

Kai Havertz (Arsenal)

Kai Havertz made a high-profile move from Chelsea to Arsenal during the summer transfer window. Havertz ended his career at Stamford Bridge with a record of 46 goals and 31 assists in 139 appearances. 

Known for his technical skills, versatility, and clinical finishing, Havertz is expected to quickly find his place in Mikel Arteta’s plans next season.

Toni Kroos (Real Madrid)

Toni Kroos has been a pillar of consistency and excellence in midfield for both Real Madrid and the German national team. With his exceptional passing range, composure, and tactical intelligence, Kroos has been instrumental in Real Madrid’s success. 

With Jude Bellingham arriving at Real Madrid ahead of the next season, Kroos could face more competition to keep his starting spot.

Marc-André ter Stegen (Barcelona)

Marc-André ter Stegen has been a reliable presence in goal for Barcelona and the German national team. During the 2022-23 campaign, the 31-year-old arguably spent the best season of his career, keeping 26 clean sheets in 38 matches for the Catalan giants.

Let’s see if he can keep up with his fantastic form and retain his No.1 spot in the German national team ahead of the 2024 European Championship.

Ilkay Gündogan (Barcelona)

Ilkay Gündogan has been a key player for both Manchester City and the German national team in recent years. After winning his fifth English Premier League title and the UEFA Champions League trophy in the 2022-23 season, Gündogan made a move to Barcelona. 

Known for his vision, passing ability, and goal-scoring prowess from midfield, Gündogan is expected to become a vital presence in the Barcelona midfield next season.