Schalke sensation Leon Goretzka: so much more than “the next Michael Ballack”

In the form of his young life this season, Leon Goretzka has shaken off early-career comparisons with Michael Ballack to become a world-beating midfielder in his own right after making is 100th Bundesliga appearance in this season’s Revierderby classic.

The 22-year-old has scored four times for resurgent Schalke so far this season and has six goals for Germany in 2017 alone. Only injuries, such as the lower leg problem that sidelined him from Matchday’s 10 to 12, have prevented him from making the leap from prodigy to perfection sooner.

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