Franck Ribery In Tears At Rafinha's Farewell Press Conference
Bayern Munich defender Rafinha held an emotional farewell press conference earlier, confirming that he will leave after eight successful years with the Bundesliga club.
The Brazilian full-back made a total of 266 appearances for the club, helping Bayern win six consecutive league titles, but he will depart with teammates Franck Ribery and Arjen Robben in the summer.
“The eight years have been wonderful, I’ve had some great moments here,” he said in his press conference.
“The treble in 2013 was special. All things come to an end eventually. We are together every day and know each other so well – we are a family. The friendship we all have is the greatest thing.”
One of those who will be heading out the Bayern door is Franck Ribery, who was clearly emotional as Rafinha announced his intentions to leave the Allianz.
The 36-year-old, surrounded by teammates Robert Lewandowski, Manuel Neuer and Thiago Alcantara, was in tears as his teammate spoke to the media.
It was an emotional one, to say the least.
Franck Ribery has just two games left of his Bayern Munich career before he leaves the club for a new challenge.
Despite being in his mid 30s, the winger wants to continue to play football and he wants to do it for enjoyment rather than money.
Opening up the prospect of joining fellow countryman Markus Babbel in Australia, where Babbel manages Western Sydney Wanderers, Ribery said:
“You know that I played football because of the fun and to enjoy it. I love football.
“If you play well, then you make yourself a great name and the money comes on its own. You earn money for what you did. I do not just play for money.
“But why should I not move to colleague Babbel? I do not know. There are many options. I’m not sure yet where I’m going.”
What a signing that would be!