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."
Rafinha ends his presser in tears: "My mother told me that I should thank you all. My fellow teammates and all employees at the club"- Bayern & Germany (@iMiaSanMia) May 14, 2019
Rafinha hugs his teammates at the end of the presser. pic.twitter.com/Is6er0oiJj
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.
.@FranckRibery se emocionando na despedida de @R13_official do @FCBayern só mostra que nunca vai ser só futebol. :heart_eyes::broken_heart: E a coletiva estava muito bem frequentada, hein?! :soccer: :video_camera:: @isabelapagliari pic.twitter.com/rb2nZ2SvUH- Esporte Interativo (@Esp_Interativo) May 14, 2019
Emotional day in Munich as Robben, Ribery and Rafinha wave goodbye to Bayern (:camera:: Darko Luksic) pic.twitter.com/xpETKV4Q1o- Alessandro Poggi (@alespoggi) May 14, 2019
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.
What a signing this would be!- ESPN Australia & NZ (@ESPNAusNZ) May 8, 2019
Departing Bayern Munich legend Franck Ribery isn't ruling out a move to the A-League and has discussed the possibility of reuniting with WSW coach Markus Babbel. pic.twitter.com/pTeHYcmpUy
"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!