For some he is the player who should have won the Ballon d’Or ahead of Cristiano Ronaldo. But to all he is one of Europe’s finest players, a man who starred in Bayern Munich’s outstanding treble success last season.
That man is of course Franck Ribery, but it could have been very different, if Chelsea’s bid had been accepted back in 2008.
Speaking to TZ, the Bayern president Karl-Heinz Rummenigge revealed that both the Blues and Real Madrid were interested in signing the Frenchman, although he claims only the English side made an offer.
“We had an offer from Chelsea on the table, that was madness for that time,” he said. “But it was the right decision not to sell him, because since then all have understood that Bayern is not a selling club, but only a buying club.”
Ribery has gone on to become an absolute star and looks set to spend the rest of his career at Bayern. But had that offer been accepted six years ago…Chelsea could now be in possession of one of Europe’s very best.
Still, they may soon be anyway, in the form of Eden Hazard.
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