Hainer: Cristiano Ronalo “a bit too old” for Bayern (TZ)
Remember when the most trustworthy publication in Spain, Don Balon, predicted that Cristiano Ronalo would orchestrate a transfer to Bayern Munich, so that he could forever silence the Lionel Messi stans by winning everything everywhere, including the Bundesliga? No? Oh, well, they really claimed that.
Someone actually asked club president Herbert Hainer about that very story! It has come out that Hainer was asked about Ronaldo when visiting a local fan club. Hainer said, “Of course many names are floating around in the press, which is also totally understandable.” As for CR7, Bayern is not about to go along with the Don’s plans: “Ronaldo might already be somewhat too old for us,” Hainer said.
“Fantastico!” Ribery on the mend (Gianluca DiMarzio)
Good news for our favorite Frenchman and for Fiorentina: Franck Ribery’s recovery from a serious ankle injury that derailed his exciting post-Bayern season in Florence has taken the next major step forward. Ribery is set to begin rehabbing his injury in the gym and on the training pitch. Fiorentina believes he’ll be ready to return to action in a month, ideally against Brescia on March 8.
Seb Hoeness: Alphonso Davies can become one of the best left-backs in the world (Bundesliga.com)
We’ve been so spoiled this season: we’ve seen David Alaba be moved to center-back before, but never have we seen someone take over his position in the meantime and simply dominate like Alphonso Davies. His erstwhile coach for Bayern II, Sebastian Hoeness, argues that he can become truly elite at left-back. Hoeness told Goal,
The fact that he mostly played as a winger early on now benefits him as a left-back. His physique is one of his great strengths. He is a model athlete: fast and also very robust. Accordingly, his body is his greatest weapon. He is also a left-footer and an accomplished technician, even at the highest speed.
If his development continues like this, he certainly has the potential to become one of the best in the world in his position.
Thomas Muller is ... well, just watch the video
Man’s finally lost it.