Some of the biggest names in soccer have moved this summer with astronomical sums of money alongside them. Cristiano Ronaldo and Kaka, of course, went to Real Madrid for more than $200 million. And as soon as that happened, all eyes turned to Bayern Munich’s French midfielder Franck Ribery.
Manchester United was linked to him. So was Barcelona. But Ribery, seeing the line of suitors, stated that if he left, he would want to play for Real. Now he is injured, too.
And so far, his phone still has not rung. In this morning’s International Herald Tribune, Rob Hughes does a good job explaining why. In a soccer world of inflated markets and inflated egos, Hughes writes, Ribery has been left behind:
Ribéry will miss the start of the season on Saturday and has missed the whole of preseason training through various injuries. Tendinitis in the left knee still prevents him from kicking a ball.
His pain is compounded by reading headlines that have changed in the German press. Once “Kaiser Franck,” he is now the “Bavarian Diva.”
His sin is to admit that, were he tempted by going anywhere, it would be Madrid.
It's now looking like he will stay at Bayern and become the latest star player to be collecting a massive salary apparently against his will. He would much rather be collecting that massive salary elsewhere. Talented as he may be, it's tough to feel sorry for a guy like that. It leaves him simply as an example of the distorted football economy and every club that isn't splashing out the millions as a victim.