Dortmund bids farewell to icon Reus: dream farewell in the Champions League final?

After twelve seasons, Marco Reus and Borussia Dortmund will part ways at the end of June. The 34-year-old winger and attacking midfielder will not renew his expiring contract.

SoccerDino, Website Writer
Published: 02:56, 3 May 2024

Marco Reus, revered as a stalwart of Borussia Dortmund, has had a storied career with the club since his arrival in 2012.

Throughout his tenure, Reus has become a symbol of consistency and dedication, playing in 424 official matches and netting 168 goals a testament to his skill and resilience. His journey with the team from the Ruhr area has not only been about personal achievements but also about his pivotal role in the team's successes and challenges.

Reflecting on his imminent departure, Reus expressed a mix of emotions on the club's official website, "I already know that saying goodbye will be difficult for me," he remarked. The statement underscores the deep connection he has formed with the club and its supporters over the years. However, he also recognized the positive aspects of this transition, noting, "And yet I am glad that there is now clarity. We can now fully focus on the final games of the season." This clarity comes at a crucial time as Dortmund prepares to conclude a significant chapter in their history.

Despite an illustrious career, Reus' list of team honors with Dortmund is relatively modest. He has helped the club to win the German Cup twice (2017 and 2021) and the German Super Cup also twice (2013 and 2019). Perhaps one of the most heart-wrenching moments in his career was the 2013 Champions League final, where Dortmund fell to Bayern Munich, narrowly missing out on the most coveted trophy in European club football.

Looking ahead, Reus could potentially have a fairy-tale ending to his time at Dortmund. The team is poised to defend a 1-0 lead in the Champions League semi-final against Paris Saint-Germain. Should they succeed, Reus might find himself in the final once again, this time on June 1st, providing a perfect backdrop for a grand farewell. Meanwhile, Real Madrid and Bayern Munich are locked in a tight contest for the other spot in the final, following a 2-2 draw in their first leg.

As Reus prepares for the next steps in his career, there is reportedly interest from clubs in the Premier League. His experience and leadership would be a significant asset to any team looking to bolster their squad. As he transitions from his long-standing association with Dortmund, the interest from England highlights his enduring appeal and the high regard in which he is held across Europe.

Thus, as the season draws to a close, all eyes will be on Reus, not just to see how he concludes his final chapters at Dortmund but also to see where his next journey will begin in the world of football.

Updated: 02:56, 3 May 2024