Bayern Munich president Uli Hoeness claims that several Barcelona and Real Madrid players wouldn’t get into the Bayern first team.
German football definitely has some characters, whether it’s Jurgen Klopp in a weird TV ad, Franz Beckenbauer linking every player under the sun to Bayern Munich or Hans-Joachim Watzke saying something not very nice about English football.
Well, feel free to add Uli Hoeness to that list because he doesn’t seem to understand just how good the current standard of Spanish football is.
Hoeness says there are only one or two Barcelona and Real Madrid players who would start for Bayern and we all know he means Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo. If he’s not thinking that, well he’s deluded.
It could be a subtle tempt from Hoeness to avoid the obvious links which are going to crop up between his club and the La Liga giants, when Pep Guardiola takes charge of the side in the summer.
However, he is completely wrong in so many respects because there are certain players in the Barcelona side and the Real Madrid side who would absolutely nail down a first team place at Bayern because they are simply better than any option the German side has.
An obvious candidate from Barcelona is Carles Puyol, an out and out central defender who would get into any other side in the world as well as Bayern Munich. Then there’s Xavi, Andres Inietsa, Gerard Pique, Jordi Alba, Dani Alves. I could go on but I think I’ve made my point.
Real Madrid could even provide two players who regularly start for Germany in Mesut Ozil and Sami Khedira or maybe Hoeness has forgotten about them, but if they’re good enough for Germany then surely, they’re good enough for Bayern.
It’s bizarre because German football is developing at a rapid rate but there are still distinct differences between German football and other European leagues, which make these claims, and other bizarre remarks from the Bundesliga, look a little bit silly.
It’s probably a good job that his quotes from ESM don’t specifically mention Messi or Ronaldo, because he’d probably get the sack and taken off by men in white coast if he tried to claim that Bayern had better players than those two.
What do you make of Hoeness’ comments? Do you think he has a point or not?
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