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Ballon d’Eurosport – No.21: Marco Reus

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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.

The Ballon d'Eurosport explained.

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Yes, there are a lot of Germans on this list, and with their two top club sides contesting the Champions League final it is with good reason.

Reus only joined Borussia Dortmund this season but he’s had a fine campaign playing off Robert Lewandowski, hitting 19 goals in all competitions.

Much like his Germany team-mates, he is quick, nimble, has fine technique and stays cool under pressure. With an eye for goal but a preference to sit slightly deeper, he is as comfortable as a winger as he is through the middle.

A lot of his joy this season came from a telepathic relationship with Mario Goetze, but Reus was just as effective at Borussia Moenchengladbach and will surely continue to impress whoever replaces the Bayern-bound playmaker.

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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.

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