A serial trophy winner with Bayern Munich, Borussia Dortmund and Germany, Mario Gotze knows what’s required in order to reach the pinnacle of football.
With 12 senior trophies already to his name, the 26-year-old has already achieved things most other players can only dream of - but he has not been able to reach such footballing heights with talent alone.
“I think hydration is an important topic,” Gotze said. “Drinking plenty of fluids is especially important for athletes.
“You need to find the right balance and provide your body with as much fluid as it needs to supply your muscles and body so that you can optimise your performance.
“I think it’s crucial for athletes to get plenty of fluids whether their regime is intensive or not. For me generally, I eat and drink a lot so that I’m always at the top of my game.
“How much you need to drink depends on a lot of factors. Are you training outside, is it hot, is it cold? There are a lot of factors to take into consideration."