CRISTOPH KRAMER is living out every boy’s dream… as the only man to have his hands on the World Cup AND all 151 original Pokemon cards.
The Borussia Monchengladbach star has double cause to celebrate in this week – having helped his side to a 1-0 win over Arminia with Pokemon also embarking on its 25th anniversary.
The franchise has become a worldwide phenomenon since its release in the mid 90s with old cards even fetching over £5,000 on Ebay.
But midfielder Kramer has made the headlines for catching them all… and he didn’t even need a footballer’s salary to do so.
He told SPORTbible: “I guess every child born in the 90’s was a huge Pokémon fan.
“It was great to collect the cards in primary school and it was always a kind of a childhood dream to have them all.
“I have to say that I bought some cards as well, but I didn’t pay lots.
“I don’t know exactly how much the value is, but I hope the time plays for me, like we would say in German. But I would never sell them.
“I think most of them [my team-mates] did the same as a kid, but they gave their cards away and stopped collecting. But they say respect and congratulations to me!”
Depending on the audience, fans will either be eager to ask Kramer about winning the 2014 World Cup with Germany – or getting his hands on Charizard.
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But the man himself has insisted football remains his main focus with Gladbach into the last-16 of the Champions League.
When asked if he preferred Team Rocket to his own Bundesliga team, Kramer added: “No of course not!
“Pokémon is a childhood hobby. But football is my one and only passion.”
Kramer was part of Germany’s World Cup winning squad in Brazil[/caption]