Granit Xhaka first caught the attention of the footballing world at the tender age of 17, when he won the FIFA U-17 World Cup Nigeria 2009 with Switzerland.
A Basel youth product, the midfielder won two national championships and one Swiss Cup with his hometown club, and then spent four years at Borussia Monchengladbach before moving to Arsenal.
Xhaka made his full international debut for Switzerland in a UEFA EURO 2012 qualifier against England in June 2011, and has since established himself in the Nati line-up. Composed on the ball and strong in the tackle, the 25-year-old has also captained his country. He played in all of his team’s matches at the 2014 FIFA World Cup Brazil™, where the Eidgenossen reached the Round of 16, and also represented Switzerland at UEFA EURO 2016 in France.