Julian Brandt has long been regarded as one of the most talented attacking players in the land of the four-time world champions. Within six months of his eye-catching move from Wolfsburg to Bayer Leverkusen during the 2013/14 winter break aged just 17, he became an U-19 European champion with Germany, made his UEFA Champions League debut for Die Werkself and scored his first Bundesliga goal.

Equally at home on the wing as dictating play from the centre of the pitch, the dexterous and technically adept midfielder twice received the prestigious Fritz Walter Medal awarded to Germany’s best youth players, collecting the silver medal in 2013 and the gold in 2014. Brandt played in all six matches as Germany won silver at the Men’s Olympic Football Tournament Rio 2016, providing nine assists as his team scored a formidable 22 goals.

"I don’t have any tattoos and I don’t need any thick watches; instead I’m very much a family person and get all the support I need from those closest to me," said Brandt, who can regularly be spotted at youth tournaments at Borgfeld, the amateur club where he began his footballing journey.

The 21-year-old made his senior international debut in a friendly against Slovakia in May 2016 and is on course to enjoy a bright future on the world stage.