A player who seems to have been around forever, one thing you can say about Marco Reus is that his talent hasn't wavered during that time. Equally, his importance to Borussia Dortmund remains as true as ever.
Plagued by niggling injuries throughout the calendar year (and his career for that matter), it speaks volumes that Die Borussen failed to maintain their Bundesliga title challenge last year when their lack of bite in attack was so prevalent during his absence.
Last season wasn't all of 2019, though. Reus' individual year has been one filled with goals, glamour and assists, as will be made clear in the following highlights.
The German is a fine footballer, no question about it. Here are four examples of when he has shown that talent this year.
Sitting Pretty in the League (26/1/19)
It was supposed to be Dortmund's year, wasn't it? But while it didn't pan out as hoped, at the time it was a moment to savour for the German forward. After seeing off Hannover 96 by thumping five goals past them, BVB held a nine point advantage over nearest challengers B
Back With a Bang (1/3/19)
Having gone through the 2018/19 season injury free up until February, Dortmund looked well on track to secure their first Bundesliga crown in seven years. Tasting defeat just once in their opening 20 matches, an unfortunate pulled hamstring saw Reus miss three matches.
Two draws during that period had opened the door for a Bayern Munich comeback, but Reus battled back to fitness early to play a part in two wins in his side's following three matches. His significance to the team was blatantly obvious, as he scored twice during that run, but it was also personal achievement to come back so soon after having initially been ruled out for a longer period of time.
His return ultimately wasn't enough to secure the league crown, though. However, the club captain demonstrated the resilience and fight that had previously abandoned the side over the previous seasons, and in doing so re-instilled hope in a dressing room that this team could challenge once more.
Demolition Job vs Augsburg (17/8/19)
Aiming to banish the demons of the season prior, in which a late collapse granted Bayern another league title, Reus turned on the style on against a beleaguered FC Augsburg on the opening day of the current campaign.
The 30-year-old put in a man-of-the-match showing in the 5-1 win, netting once and assisting another as Lucien Favre's side made a statement ahead of what is already looking like another enticing Bundesliga season.
Having to swallow the bitter disappointment of both niggling injuries and league failings, this was the perfect marker to set for Reus and his team that they mean business once more.
Reaching the Champions League Last 16 (10/12/19)
Dortmund's season derailed pretty comprehensibly in both domestic and European terms last season, but it looks as if they may have turned a corner.
Pitted in the indisputable 'group of death' in the Champions League this season, Favre's men battled through a group of Barcelona, Inter and Slavia Prague to reach the next round.
It was a 2-1 victory over the latter of those sides in their final group clash that sealed the deal, with Reus presenting Jadon Sancho with one of the easiest finishes of his budding career to settle any early nerves.
In fact, his partnership and impenetrable understanding with the English forward should warrant its own mention - the two have been superb together since the former's arrival from Manchester City. And, well, they'll need to keep that up if they're to go further in Europe...and then some.
Pitted against Paris Saint-Germain in the round of 16, one of Reus' best moments of 2020 could be sewn up already come February. That will not, however, be an easy task.