Bayern New-Boy Insists He Can Replace Cristiano Ronaldo and Lionel Messi at the Top of the Game

Bayern Munich’s newest signing, James Rodriguez has set the bar high as he has revealed his ambitious plans to surpass Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo as one of the world’s leading footballers – if he can get enough game time. 

The? 26-year-old joined the German club on an initial two-year loan deal – with an option to make the move permanent – after struggling to break into the Real Madrid starting eleven under three different managers, one of whom is now at the helm of Bayern Munich – Carlo Ancelotti.

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However, Rodriguez’s move has seemingly reinvigorated him as he has revealed his very ambitious plans to establish himself as one of the world’s greatest footballers, even aiming to succeed Messi and Ronaldo who have dominated the game for a considerable amount of years.  

Asked if he could take the reigns from the two stars, Rodriguez said this week“Why not? They are big players. I’ll be ready for what happens in the future and improve in world football.

With only 30 La Liga starts in two seasons with Real Madrid, the Colombia international struggled to justify his reported €70m move from Monaco in 2014, and as such the 26-year-old is aware that he is not guaranteed a place in the star-studded Bayern line-up.

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He added: “We have big players at Bayern and the competition for the team is very intense.

“I have to win my place through training hard every day. I want more minutes and more success [than last season].

“It’s a unique club, with the obligation of winning trophies and I hope it continues next season.”




PHOTOS: Bayern Munich Unveil New Fan Designed Champions League Kit for 2017/18 Season

Bundesliga champions ?Bayern Munich have officially unveiled their Champions League kit on their ?club store ahead of the upcoming 2017/18 season.

The kits produced by adidas were created by fans through an online creator studio supported by the manufacturer ahead of the club’s 21st Champions League campaign. 

The German giants were one of six teams, including the likes of Manchester United, Real Madrid and Juventus whose kits were designed in coalition with fans, in what adidas described as “the ultimate expression of fan creativity.”

The designs submitted were then voted on by fellow fans, where the most popular kits were collated into a top 100, which a panel of experts from some of the club’s most iconic players had the final say for the winning designs. 

Bayern’s strip is a traditional design with a classic white kit, accompanied by faded red pinstripes to accomplish a retro vibe for the new season.

The new shirt rounds of Bayern’s strips for next season after the earlier release of the classic red home kit and navy away strip.

Bayern Munich are set to kick-off the new 2017/18 season against Bayer Leverkusen on August 18 at the Alianz Arena, where they look to defend their Bundesliga title and take their new Champions League strip to the final of the European competition for the first time since 2013.




Arsenal Finally Topple Bayern But the Germans Have the Last Laugh With Some Cheeky Twitter Banter

To many people’s surprise, ?Arsenal beat German giants Bayern Munich in a pre-season friendly match in Hong Kong.

Traditionally the Gunners struggle, and struggle badly against the Bavarians – last season they dumped them out of the Champions League at the last 16 stage 10-2 on aggregate.

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Many were dubious about the Emirates club’s decision to face off against Bayern yet again, where another thumping in pre-season could easily have destroyed morale before the start of the Premier League campaign.

But that wasn’t to be the case as the Gunners went on to win the game after Alex Iwobi forced extra time with a late equaliser.


David Alaba, Renato Sanches and Juan Bernat all missed their spot-kicks in the resulting penalty shootout, while Aaron Ramsey, Nacho Monreal and Iwobi all converted for Arsenal.

But it was probably Bayern who had the last laugh, as they took to Twitter to sneak in a cheeky dig alluding to the sides’ recent results. They said: “Well, you can’t win them all! Iwobi equalises in injury time, penalties to follow.”

It was all in good nature though as after the game Bayern’s cheeky social media manager wished the Gunners good luck for the upcoming season.

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Inter Readying Ambitious €60m Bid for Bayern Munich’s Midfield Star Arturo Vidal

Internazionale are reportedly ready to table a bid of €60m for Bayern Munich midfielder, Arturo Vidal, as they attempt to secure a marquee summer signing.

The Nerazzurri have been fans of the all-action Chilean international ever since his days with Juventus and may now finally table a mega-money bid, with Vidal contracted to Bayern until 2019.

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Chilean publication El Mercurio, via Sport Media Set, say Luciano Spalletti’s side would offer the 30-year-old €8m-per-year as well as the huge transfer fee.

Vidal enjoyed a brilliant campaign in Bavaria last season, scoring four goals and recording two assists in 27 Bundesliga appearances.

The signing of Vidal would constitute a huge statement by Inter, following the acquisitions of Milan Skrinar and Borja Valero this summer. Rivals AC Milan, also under new ownership, have already added nine high-profile names to their roster this summer and now, the ball is in Inter’s court to match their arch nemesis’ ambitions.



Bayern Munich Will Look to Sell AC Milan & Man Utd Target Renato Sanches for £42m

Bayern Munich will look to offload Renato Sanches this summer after just one season in Bavaria following his £35m from Benfica last year.

The 19-year-old midfielder arrived with a glowing reputation following his exploits with Portugal at Euro 2016, but in his 25 appearances for the German champions, he failed to notch a goal or an assist.

Now, Carlo Ancelotti is keen to sell the teenage prospect and is optimistically seeking to make a profit, despite his awful debut campaign.

AC Milan and Manchester United are the two most-interested parties, with the latter missing out on his signature last summer.

However, the price tag set by Die Roten could put off Jose Mourinho’s side and may leave Milan – who have embarked on a huge spending spree – as the frontrunners to pry him away from his Allianz Arena nightmare.

Bayern’s CEO Karl-Heinz Rummenigge has said that Sanches will struggle for minutes next season if he stays, saying to ?TMW: “Sanches will not get enough minutes at Bayern, so we are willing to negotiate his sale either on loan or maybe even something more.


“I’m not the coach but I think Renato needs continuity. I can confirm the interest of AC Milan, but the deal did not go through after contacts last week.

“If a club is interesting in asking for a Bayern player they should know there are important economic figures [involved].

“I have a feeling Milan are not ready to meet our demands. Though we say it would not hurt if a proposed £42m came for him…”