'I’d be more of a backing singer'

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For a change, Mario Götze did not talk about football after the training session on Wednesday. Instead the scorer of the winning goal in the World Cup Final concentrated on sharing his musical knowledge as part of an interview session with the Volkswagen fan reporters. And top tunes matter a lot to him: "Music is a constant companion at home and before games."

Götze revealed it gets particularly loud before games at the Allianz Arena. "Somebody always acts as a DJ in the dressing room." The favourite musical genres of the talented Germany international are "R&B and Hip Hop". Above all from Canada: Götze's current favourite is the singer The Weeknd("Earned it") from Toronto. "I'm fascinated by his voice and the way he makes music." The rapper Drake ("Hold On, We're Going Home"), from the same Canadian city, is another favourite of Götze's.

Life in the dressing room is often not a request show especially when the South Americans are in charge of the playlist. "Dante sometimes insists on Brazilian music. It can be a pain at times," laughed the Germany international. Götze prefers "English music" on his MP3 player but he also listens to Helene Fischer ('Atemlos') or Andreas Bourani ('Ein Hoch auf uns'). Götze listened to the latter most during the World Cup summer, " because the song was on the radio every day."

When the 22-year-old is on the pitch he really looks forward to the fans singing. "It's something very special," explained Götze. But he doesn't take the crowd ditties home with him into his own living room, "I prefer to hear other things." In response to the question of whether he would perform a duet with American superstar Rihanna, the Germany international was rather modest: "I think I'd be more of a backing singer."

One question remains. Which song does Götze use to wake himself up? It's a true evergreen: the alarm clock.

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