This summer Eurosport is counting down the world's greatest footballers, as voted by our international network of journalists. We will reveal one player per day, culminating in the election of the first Ballon d'Eurosport on July 19.
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Still only 21, Goetze became the most expensive German player in the history of football when news leaked in April of his contentious 37 million euro (£32m) move to Bayern Munich.
Injury deprived him of the chance to face his future employers in the Champions League final at Wembley but Goetze still enjoyed another fine season to demonstrate just why Bayern value him so highly.
Imaginative and creative, Goetze operates off the striker and while more at home in a central position, he is adept at drifting wide. Goetze has also been used as a false nine on occasion for the German national side, speaking to his versatility and match intelligence.
Goetze’s passing is accurate and near immaculate and last season he contributed 12 assists to add to his 16 goals in all competitions for Bayern, marking him out as a player with the ability to decide games on a regular basis.
After breaking into the Dortmund side in the 2009-10 season, he proved a key figure in the back-to-back Bundesliga triumphs of 2011 and 2012 and will hope to enjoy further success with Bayern from August.
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How Eurosport voted
We asked the editorial teams of 10 countries/areas around the Eurosport network to compile their list of the world's 25 best players.
Then we did the sums, Eurovision-style. It's simple: a first-place vote is worth 25 points, second place is 24... all the way down to one point for a 25th-place vote.