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Giovanni Reyna: I can become one of the 10 best players in the world

The American teenager has established himself in Dortmund's side this season as well as making his mark on the international stage.

11:35am on Friday 11th December 2020
By
Abel Meszaros

Dortmund star Giovanni Reyna has outlined his intention to become one of the world's top 10 footballers.

The 18-year-old has established himself as one of the most promising young stars in European football at Borussia Dortmund this season, but has admitted he found adjusting to his new surroundings tricky at the beginning.

Reyna made his first-team debut in January 2020 after arriving from the New York City academy just six months earlier and struggled to initially settle to life in Germany.

"The hardest part about moving to Germany, though, has been leaving home. I'm a family kid," he said, speaking to The Players' Tribune.

"Even before I came over I wasn't going out with friends that often. I'd much rather have a night in than a night out. So for the first six months, it was very tough living alone."

Nicknamed 'The American Dream' by his BVB teammates, the attacking midfielder has become a pivotal cog in Lucien Favre's side this season, contributing three goals and six assists in 18 appearances in all competitions.

The teenager's impressive form earned him a first national team call-up in November, and after scoring on his debut, Reyna has ambitions to become a world-class talent.

"I already feel like I'm becoming part of the new generation of big players. I don't want to become just a good American player. I want to consistently be one of the top ten players in the world.

"One game that I played for Dortmund earlier this year kind of made that goal seem realistic to me. I'm talking about the Champions League game in February when I was subbed in against Paris Saint Germain.

"When I played that game and got an assist, something just clicked inside my head. Like, Wow, if I stay on this path, I can really become a world-class player. I think that game showed everyone that I'm not just some talent that's going to fade away. I'm here to stay," he concluded.

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