Toni Kroos thinks Red Bull's billionaire owner is good for football

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For most, they’re the scourge of German football. But Toni Kroos, watching from afar, doesn’t believe that Red Bull Leipzig deserve the scorn they’re receiving.

In a recent interview with Kicker, the Real Madrid midfielder defended the energy drink company’s owner Dietrich Mateschitz. The billionaire has invested in several football teams.

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Former Bayern Munich star Kroos said: “Mateschitz could also buy three yachts or four Lear jets, but he’s in the game. There is no star who has cost 30 or 40 million euros, and I’m sure if this team goes through the pedestrian zone somewhere in Germany, people do not recognize three players.”

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Red Bull’s football empire has branches all over the world. It’s most successful one could become Leipzig. Unbeaten after 12 games, they’re top of the table and three points clear of champions Bayern.

As Kroos points out, although they spent money in the summer, it was on prodigious talents rather than ready-made superstars.

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