Following Bayern Munich has had many ups, I’ve gotten to watch in awe as the team won a treble, I’ve seen the unmatched consecutive title run they are on, and other than some Champions League heartbreak, I haven’t had much to complain about as a fan. As I sit here writing this I can say I’m experiencing the first bit of true sadness I’ve felt in relation to the club. There is no flashy headline here, I simply wanted to talk about two iconic players, and the end of an era.
Franck Ribery arrived in Munich in the 2007 season from Marseille for 25 million euros, and immediately made his presence known in Germany. His competitive debut came in the Premiere Ligapokal, donning the number 7 for the first time in which he buried two goals, and bagged an assist. The rest they say is history for the French talisman. Ribery has been described as a player who enjoys his talents as well as expressing them. Real Madrid Manager and former French International Zinedine Zidane has marked Ribery as someone who loves life, and just wants to make an impression on the game every time he plays. With the curtain closing on Franck’s memorable Bayern Munich career let’s look at some of his accolades. Ribéry has won the Bundesliga 8 times and the DFB Pokal 5 times. Ribery was apart of the treble winning side of 2012-2013 when Bayern won the Champions League. He tallied up 123 goals in 423 appearances for the club. Without a doubt, the tenacity, love of they game, and drive Franck played with every time he stepped onto the pitch will be missed. How will you remember Franck Ribery in the Bayern Munich kit.
The other half of this winger duo would arrive in 2009 from Real Madrid for 25 million euros. Arjen Robben was given the iconic number 10 jersey immediately, and he would go on to write his own history in it. His debut season in Bavaria was one to remember, he finished the season as Bayern’s leading goal scorer with 23 goals, a league title and a league cup, while being named player of the year in Germany. Unfortunately his Bayern career will also be remembered for his constant injury troubles. However if you are like me, you will remember 2012-2013 as the season to never forget. Robben scores the lone goal and winner of the DFB Pokal against Dortmund, and a few weeks later would net an 89th minute game winner against Dortmund in the Champions League Final at Wembley. Throughout his career especially in his prime he has been regarded as one of the top wingers in the world. A Former Dortmund Boss once said “Robben is a world class player. He can, as we know from experience, decide a game on his own. To stop him, you have to double him.” When you hear his name, something that always come too mind is “Robben on the right, cuts in, on the left foot, goal.” His accolades for the club are 7 Bundesliga Titles, 4 DFB Pokals, and of course a champions League. During his time at Bayern he bagged 146 goals in 306 games, almost hitting the goal every two games mark. I ask you again how will you remember Robben for Bayern Munich.
Years of service, 269 goals between them, the tandem of Ribery and Robben, needs no explanation, no flash headline, simply a Thank you, Danke, Dank Je, and Merci.
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