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Ribery hails ´extraordinary´ Messi

21 April 2013 16:35

Bayern Munich winger Franck Ribery believes Lionel Messi is in a class of his own ahead of his side's clash against Barcelona.

The France international is regarded as one of the most exciting attacking players in the game, but even he concedes when it comes to skill, one diminutive dribbler stands head and shoulders above everyone else.

"Messi is class," Ribery told Telefoot. "There is him, and then there is the rest. What he does is extraordinary. He demands admiration."

While Ribery has nothing but respect for Messi, and the Argentine's accomplices at Camp Nou, he insists Bayern are unfazed by the upcoming Champions League semi-final tie.

"Everyone is waiting for this game," the former Marseille man said. "And it is well known that Barca are a great team, but we are not afraid of them."

Ribery has recently been linked with a return to France, with Paris Saint-Germain.

The 30-year-old is intrigued by the project at PSG but says he would like to finish his career at Bayern.

"PSG's interest? It's flattering," Ribery said. "(Sporting director) Leonardo, who spoke to me, is a very important person in PSG. The club is transforming.

"But I am very happy at Bayern and my desire is to finish my career here. And (the feeling) is mutual."

Ribery, who has been capped 72 times by his country, joined Bayern in 2007.

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Info

Competition
UEFA Champions League
Date
23 April 2013
Kick-off
20:45
Half-time
1 - 0
Full-time
4 - 0
On aggregate
7 - 0
Venue
Allianz-Arena (München)
Attendance
68000

Goals

T. Müller 25'
(assist by Dante) 
1 - 0
M. Gómez 49'
(assist by T. Müller) 
2 - 0
A. Robben 73'
(assist by B. Schweinsteiger) 
3 - 0
T. Müller 82'
(assist by D. Alaba) 
4 - 0

Lineups

# Player Bookings
1
21
17
27
4
10 73'
31 87'
7
8 46'
33 37' 49'
25 25' 82'
Coach: J. Heynckes
# Player Bookings
1
2
3
18 89'
15 39'
8 90+2'
6
16
10
9 87'
17
Coach: Tito Vilanova

Substitutes

# Player Bookings
30
14
11
5
13
22
44
# Player Bookings
7
4
11
13
19
22
25

Friday 31 October

Thursday 30 October

22:44
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13:53
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23:52
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22:59
22:54
22:49
22:47
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Primera División table

# Team MP D P
1 9 +20 22
2 9 +8 22
3 9 +23 21
4 9 +12 20
5 9 +8 20
6 9 +5 16
7 9 +3 15
8 9 +4 14
9 9 -5 11
10 9 -1 10
11 9 -2 10
12 9 -7 10
13 9 -3 9
14 9 -7 9
15 9 -6 8
16 9 -8 8
17 9 -4 6
18 9 -8 5
19 9 -13 5
20 9 -19 5

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