Bayern Munich’s Thomas Müller has had a phenomenal season working in conjunction with Robert Lewandowski. The 30-year-old has racked up 11 goals and 21 assists in 40 games across all competitions this season and was recently rewarded with a contract extension through the 2022-2023 season for his efforts.
With such a long and distinguished career, however, Müller has seen his own individual game evolve from being known primarily for his scoring to his current role, which is one of the world’s most productive playmakers.
Through that, Müller has had plenty of time to think about the player who might compliment him best. Not surprisingly, Müller touted the usual suspects in Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo, but the Raumdeuter was also quick to acknowledge Lewandowski’s world-class form.
“Maybe in my past years I would like to play with Leo Messi, because in the first six or seven years of my career, I was more the receiving striker,” Müller told Goal.com. “I got the ball in the box and tried to score. In the moment right now, in my very good shape at the moment, I assist many goals. Maybe now I need more a Cristiano Ronaldo to score the goals, but we at Bayern have Robert ‘Lewan-goal-ski’! I think maybe right now he is the better option than Cristiano.”
Muller went on to talk over his experience in playing against Messi and Ronaldo and noted that despite their own individual greatness, soccer is still a team game that is rarely dominated by one individual player.
“I played against both [Messi and Ronaldo], I won against both, I lost against both,” said Müller. “They are very, very good, they are special, they are not like normal very good players in the world of football. They are outstanding because they play always at the limit. Always, their whole 10 years, they score 50 goals each year. That’s crazy. On my way to the World Cup, we won with Germany against both. On my way to several Champions League finals, we won against both. Every football player needs also the team, and that’s why we love football so much.”
If Bayern Munich keeps its current form, a team featuring Messi and Ronaldo together might not be even able to stop the red juggernaut developing Hansi Flick.