Ribery Responds To Ronaldo 'Rival' Claims
Former Bayern Munich star Franck Ribery has explained why made the move to Serie A outfit Fiorentina, and responded to claims about being Cristiano Ronaldo's rival.
The Frenchman ended his 12-year spell with the Bavarians after his contract ran out at the end of the 2018/2019 campaign.
The 36-year-old eventually chose to join Fiorentina on a two-year deal, but he insists he is not a rival for Ronaldo.
"We have had a very long negotiation, but I am very happy to be here in Florence," Ribery said, according to Yahoo Sports.
"I saw great motivation and great confidence in me from the management, and that is why I am here. Naturally, my wife also helped in the choice, because my family is very important.
"I am very motivated, I always want to play. I have a two-year contract and I want to be decisive and help the young players. I want to give something new to this club, I want to bring Fiorentina into the top three of the table.
"I came here to help my team, which is Fiorentina. I am not here to be a rival to Ronaldo. Serie A is a great tournament with many excellent players. Inter bought well on the market, as did Juventus.
"The thing I appreciate the most is that people here love and live for football. It's a wonderful experience and I want to enjoy myself on the field.
"Football is my life. It's the reason I wanted to remain in Europe and I was fortunate to find Fiorentina. I hope to continue playing until the age of 40, just like Francesco Totti."
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