Franck Ribery is Welcomed by 12,000 Fans at Stadio Artemio Franchi After Completing Move to Fiorentina

Franck Ribery has joined Italian side Fiorentina on a free transfer.

The French footballer, 36, became a free agent in the summer after 12 years at Bundesliga club, Bayern Munich, where he made 425 appearances and scored 86 goals in all competitions.

On Wednesday, August 21, Franck Ribery signed a two-year deal with Fiorentina. 

Franck Ribery

At his unveiling on Thursday, August 22, at Fiorentina’s Stadio Artemio Franchi, the 36-year-old winger who will wear No.7 shirt for the club was given an incredible reception as he was welcomed by 12,000 fans.

“I’m delighted. Let’s achieve something together,” he told Fiorentina’s official website.

Ribéry who spent 12 years at Bayern Munich after joining from Marseille in 2007 won nine Bundesliga titles, six German Cups and the Champions League in 2013. The winger has 81 France caps, scoring 16 international goals.

The Frenchman is considered, alongside Arjen Robben, to be one of the best attacking players in Bundesliga history and has decided to continue playing football, unlike his Dutch counterpart Robben.

It is expected that Ribery will mentor Federico Chiesa, the 21-year-old attacking starlet at Fiorentina, to eventually take over the Frenchman’s place at the club.

On sealing his move, Ribery took to Twitter to make the announcement: “A new chapter for me and my family is beginning. Blessed and happy to sign a new contract at a great club in a great city.  Looking forward to the future with my new teammates and all the fantastic fans here.”

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