After a very accomplished career with Bavarian giants Bayern of Munich, where he won a club-record 24 titles, French playmaker Frank Henry Pierre Ribery has moved to Italian Serie A side Fiorentina on a free transfer.
The 36 year old Frenchman signed a two-year contract with an annual salary of approximately 4 million Euros.
“I am happy, I am here with my family,” Ribery told reporters after his arrival in Italy.
“I’ve talked to Fiorentina for the past week, as well as with Toni (former Bayern Munich teammate Luca Toni) who told me Fiorentina were a great club in a beautiful city.
“I am happy because I like being here, even the language. My grasp of it isn’t perfect, but it’s all good.”
Ribery spent twelve illustrious years with Bayern, winning nine league titles and the UEFA Champions League amongst other trophies.
The former French international was part of the France national team that played the 2006 FIFA World Cup final in Germany.
He was capped 81 times for France scoring 16 goals.
He began his career in 2000 with Boulogne before moving to Alès after two years. He left Alès and signed for Brest after just one year.
His career really started to blossom in 2004 when he moved to Metz. After an excellent season with Metz he moved to Turkey to play for Galatasaray.
After playing just 14 league games in Turkey he returned to France and signed for Olympic Marseille.
Two seasons were enough for him to leave Marseille with the entire Europe at his feet after some outstanding displays for Marseille and France.
He preferred Bayern and joint them in 2007, where he became a cult hero and fans favorite with 283 league games and 81 goals in 12 years.