Berlin-born Antonio Rudiger began playing football at small clubs around the German capital before leaving home at the age of 15 to join Borussia Dortmund. After moving to VfB Stuttgart in 2011, Rudiger made his Bundesliga debut in January 2012 and eventually ventured abroad to play for Roma and current club Chelsea.
The German Football Association (DFB) recognised the ability of this quick, tough-tackling and aerially formidable central defender at an early stage, and he represented the national team at every level from U-18 to U-21.
Rudiger won his first senior cap in a friendly against Poland shortly before the 2014 FIFA World Cup Brazil™. Although he was not called up for that summer’s tournament and missed UEFA EURO 2016 with a cruciate ligament injury, he was a key figure for Germany at the FIFA Confederations Cup 2017.