Ribery ended a more than a decade association with Bayern Munich that resulted in number titles, including nine Bundesliga titles and Champions League trophy. The Frenchman did not follow former teammate Arjen Robben’s decision to retire and instead signed a two year deal with Fiorentina.
With the prospect of Ribery going head to head with Ronaldo, the Frenchman has insisted that he is not out to be a rival for the Juventus forward.
Reasons Franck Ribery joined Fiorentina:— Goal (@goal) August 23, 2019
Great league ✅
Great city ✅
Help the team win ✅
Compete with Cristiano Ronaldo ❌ pic.twitter.com/WrYb7nnu6p
"We have had a very long negotiation, but I am very happy to be here in Florence," said the 36-year-old, according to Goal. "I saw great motivation and great confidence in me from the management, and that is why I am here. Naturally, my wife also helped in the choice, because my family is very important.
"I am very motivated, I always want to play. I have a two-year contract and I want to be decisive and help the young players. I want to give something new to this club, I want to bring Fiorentina into the top three of the table. I came here to help my team, which is Fiorentina. I am not here to be a rival to Ronaldo. Serie A is a great tournament with many excellent players. Inter bought well on the market, as did Juventus.”
With Fiorentina finishing a disappointing 16th place in the league last season, Ribery will be hoping to help the team back into the top half of the table.