You are Sebastian Rudy.
You are currently battling for playing time on one of the world’s best teams, but there is no guarantee that you will ever break into the lineup on a regular basis.
You are a player that could likely start on any other team in the Bundesliga and maybe even as many as 70% (at least!) of the other teams in the “Power 5” leagues.
You just represented Germany in the World Cup and had a strong showing in the limited time you had on the pitch. But now, however, you could be facing a season on the sidelines. Sure, there are other teams interested in you — good teams like Schalke 04 and RB Leipzig — but if you leave, you are likely not going to win anything, any time soon. Heck, maybe ever!
Do you swallow your personal pride to stay a part of the championship-caliber Bundesliga giants in Munich or do you take flight in favor of more playing time?
This is the dilemma that Rudy is facing. The answer, it seems, is not straightforward for a player with the talent and pride of Rudy, who is on the tail end of the prime years of his career. Oh, he can probably play for another six-to-eight-years, but these next three-to-four seasons are likely to be his best chance to perform at a peak level.
What is the end goal?
Unlike most professions, the shelf life for a footballer is limited. When choosing how to navigate a career, top-tier athletes are constantly in a tug-of-war between personal achievement and career satisfaction.
For some, the bank account is enough motivation to induce amnesia over a lack of championships, but for others, there is nothing quite as fulfilling as winning a title. At some point, most athletes have to make this decision. For Rudy, it is just a matter of what he values at this stage of his career.
At 28, he’s won a Bundesliga title and played in the Champions League. In fact, if his ultimate goal is to have a chance at winning a Champions League title, he’s in the best possible place; indeed, the best possible place to achieve any team-oriented goals on his agenda.
But also at 28, Rudy is undoubtedly feeling the clock ticking on his career. Currently in his prime, Rudy knows that he has a relatively limited period of top level soccer left in his body. The urge to be on the field has to be weighing heavily on him as he decides what move to make next.
What would you do?
In the end, the decision will be with Rudy, as his deal with Die Roten runs until 2020. Bayern has given him the blessing to find a new home if he so chooses. Or, he can stay in Munich and continue his fight to prove he belongs on the field at the Allianz Arena as a regular. If you were in his shoes, with an estimated net worth of €40M, what direction would you take with your career?
If you were Sebastian Rudy, what would you do?
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Stay in Bavaria - sacrificing playing time to be a domestic champion with a chance for UCL glory.
Leave Munich to play more - knowing there likely may not be a domestic or UCL crown in your future.