Franck Ribery can’t get enough of the sport that he loves and his quite simply his life.
Ribery played a crucial role in Fiorentina’s 3-1 thumping away to AC Milan.
Not only did he turn in another fine performance, he even bagged himself and his team a points securing goal.
At 36 years of age, when he announced that he was leaving Bavarian giants Bayern Munich, many thought Ribery would retire.
But not Mousiuer Ribery. The French international was not quite ready to walk away from the top tier of football just yet.
He signed for Italian Serie A side Fiorentina and has quite simply been an instrumental revelation since.
This weekends game against fallen giants of Italian football AC Milan was no different. Ribery was key in the 3-1 win his team dished up.
So much so, he received a standing ovation from both sets of fans when he left the pitch.
After the match, Ribery told Sky Sports Italia.
“I am happy, when you play at San Siro, it’s always special.”
“It’s a huge arena, so many fans.”
“It’s a bit difficult for Milan fans right now, but we put in a good performance and that’s important for us.”
Ribery is enjoying life in Florence, but more importantly, he enjoyed his role on the field and the team success.
“Yes, I am old, but I feel young on the pitch! Football is my life, I love it. I was hungry when I came to Fiorentina and it excites me to see the team doing so well.”
“I came to help Fiorentina, the players and the fans. I am happy, but I need to work every day, every week to play the way I did tonight.”
Ribery has assumed the role of mentor at his new club, attempting to guide the younger players. He spoke about Federico Chiesa.
“Federico is a good player, I always talk to him and he listens. It’s important for him and for the team.”
Ribery has never been truly recognised in the way of Messi or Ronaldo, a genius of football who has apparently flown under the personal accolades radar.