Ribery reveals Barca wanted to sign him
- Bayern legend leaves the club at the end of the season.
- The Frenchman admits he was wanted by various top clubs, including both La Liga giants.
Bayern Munich legend Franck Ribery has recently announced he is going to leave his club after his incredible 12-year tenure at the Allianz Arena stadium. The iconic midfielder reveals he could have gone earlier with a number of the European best clubs having expressed interest in his services.
Bild quote Ribery as saying: "Seven big clubs wanted me but Hoeness told me: Barcelona have Messi, Real Madrid have Ronaldo and we have you. Juventus, Inter, Milan, Chelsea, Real Madrid, Barcelona and Man United wanted to sign me. Real Madrid wanted to offer me € 65-70 million but opting to stay at Bayern was one of the best decisions of my career."
At Bayern Munich, Ribery has scored 123 goals in 423 matches in all competitions. He has scooped an incredible number of eight Bundesliga titles and one Champions League. The Frenchman has featured in four games against Barcelona, including the disastrous 7-0 aggregate defeat back in the 2012/2013 season. However, he was injured as Barca got their revenge in the 5-3 aggregate win in the Treble-winning 2014/2015 campaign.
By the way, the Barcelona-Bayern 2014/2015 Champions League semi-final is forever remembered by Leo Messi's iconic dribble past Jerome Boateng.