Padraig Whelan

Franck Ribéry reveals why he didn’t celebrate potential final goal

When Franck Ribéry hit the net for Bayern Munich two weeks ago against Hannover, it was 123rd goal for the club.

Given that he will depart at the end of the season, it could also prove to be his last.

Which is why his decision not to celebrate the goal, which made sure of a 3-1 victory, was a surprise to many of the viewing public.

He has now confessed that the moment was such a whirlwind that it had passed him by before he even realised it.

“It is interesting that you say that it could be my last goal because that’s exactly what my wife said too,” he told Sport Bild.

“What happened with the celebration? I suddenly realise it would be over soon. That the fans in Munich will soon cheer in the stadium without me being there.


“I wanted to cheer but it hurt me too. I didn’t even want to speak after the game because I couldn’t find the right words.”

Ribéry has just one more league game against Eintracht Frankfurt and the DFB Pokal final against RB Leipzig to prevent the Hannover strike from being his last.