Tireless - now in Florence: because football is only the life of Ribery 2

Tireless – now in Florence: because football is only the life of Ribery

Franck Ribery begins "very motivated" and "hungry" in his adventure at Fiorentina. Senior football does not save in its presentation with kindness for the new employer. He in turn speaks with humility of a "very special moment" in the history of the club.

Franck Ribéry started "very motivated" and "hungry" in his adventure with the Italian football club of first division of Fiorentina. However, the French do not yet think of the duel with the five-time world player Cristiano Ronaldo of Juventus. "I do not want to be the competitor of Ronaldo, I want to help Fiorentina," said the midfielder, whose contract with FC Bayern ended last season, during his presentation at Stadio Artemio Franchi.

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<p class=Still in Florence, Ribery plays with the number seven in the back.

(Photo: REUTERS)

The transfer of Ribery in Serie A had already been announced Wednesday, and its delivery a day later was accompanied by several film crews and journalists. The 36-year-old, who had won the 2013 Triple Trials in Bavaria for the first time, was dressed in a dark suit and greeted media representatives in Italian. In the team of coach Vincenzo Montella, he receives a two-year contract that should guarantee him an annual salary of four million euros.

"Fortunately that an association like Florence asked"

"I feel very confident and I am very happy," said the dribble artist. "Florence is a big city, I came to Serie A because it's a big league, football is my life." The allegedly lucrative changes in China or Qatar were not eligible. "I wanted to stay in Europe and I was lucky enough to be able to be solicited by an association like Florence."

The former Munich should be the traditional club, which last season only tables-16. had given a helping hand. "It's a young team, I want to help it grow," Ribery said. But he hopes to "count with Florence on the top three teams" in the league. Joe Barone, partner of the club's owner, Rocco Commisso, hugged the newcomer several times during his performance this afternoon. "It's a very special moment in the history of the club," he said.