He had lost his regular place at BVB at times, but now ex-world champion Mats Hummels could become very important again for the new Bundesliga leaders in the decisive phase of the season. In Borussia Dortmund’s 4-0 home win against Eintracht Frankfurt, the central defender not only showed an outstanding defensive performance, but also made his mark on the top scorers list for the first time in 2022/2023.
A thoroughly historic goal, as the 34-year-old himself recognized. Mats Hummels is only the seventh player in Bundesliga history to score at least one goal in 15 consecutive Bundesliga seasons, according to sports data provider Opta.
Most recently, this feat was achieved by Olaf Thon, who scored at least once in 16 consecutive seasons between 1984/1985 and 1999/2000. At that time for FC Schalke 04 and FC Bayern.
Hummels himself tweeted his historical statistics on Sunday and said “It’s good that this series is continuing”.
The BVB veteran has become more and more important in recent weeks, as he recently even led his black and yellow team onto the field as team captain. Hummels was initially rotated back into the starting eleven after top dog and national player Nico Schlotterbeck had to pause for several weeks due to a muscle injury.
BVB star Hummels still without a contract for 2023/2024
In the home game against Eintracht Frankfurt, Hummels impressed with his positional play and tackle behavior (76.5 percent of all tackles won, top value among BVB players), and he also had the most ball contacts of all players on the field.
His tackle against ex-teammate Mario Götze was particularly spectacular when he saved his BVB from a possible 1-1 equalization by Frankfurt.
Meanwhile, no decision has been made about the sporting future of the 2014 world champion beyond the end of the season. According to the current status, Hummels does not have a new contract with Borussia Dortmund for the coming season.