Big-name for Bayern Munich in the 3-0 win over Lyon in the Champions League semifinals on Wednesday, when he scored two goals, Serge Gnabry lived a very different reality five years ago. Born in Stuttgart, the attacking midfielder went through the city club’s youth ranks before being hired for just £ 100,000, even before he became a professional in 2010 with Arsenal. As he was only 15, he had to wait until 2011 to be part of the professional cast.
On August 31, 2016, Werder Bremen paid £ 5 million for the player. In his only season with Werder, he participated in 27 Bundesliga games and scored 11 goals in the campaign that left the team in eighth place, enough to attract Bayern Munich’s attention. On June 11, 2017, Bayern announced the signing of Gnabry for 8 million euros. At the request of the attacking midfielder, the Bavarians soon loaned it to Hoffenheim, so that the German could gain more experience in the Bundesliga.
In 22 games, he scored 10 goals and helped Hoffenheim to finish the 2017/2018 season in third place. In July 2018, he returned to Bayern Munich and was the team’s second top scorer in the campaign that ended with the Bundesliga title in the 2018/2019 season, with 10 goals.