A diet of kebabs, pizza, and Coca-Cola, as well as an odd fascination for the Great White Shark. Hardly the average traits of a player in the Bundesliga.
But for Alexander Meier, it is having riveting results. After 16 matchdays, the Eintracht Frankfurt captain leads the goalscoring charts with ten goals, level alongside VfB Stuttgart’s Vedad Ibisevic – and ahead of names, such as, Robert Lewandowski, Mario Mandzukic and Thomas Müller.
For years, the 29-year-old has been just a regular member of Eintracht’s first-team squad. Someone who gets on with the job and at times has come under criticism for his general ability. Meier, though, is a symbol of what can be achieved through work-rate and enthusiasm – two attributes the player has never lacked when pulling on the famous Eintracht jersey.