New York Red Bulls striker Thierry Henry hailed Bayern Munich’s Thomas Muller and Franck Ribery ahead of the MLS All-Star game against Bayern Munich in Portland on Wednesday, saying that children should try to emulate the Bayern duo rather than La Liga superstars Cristiano Ronaldo and Lionel Messi.
Speaking at a press conference ahead of the game, the former World Cup winner said, "If I had a son right now playing I'd say look at Ribery and look at Muller. What Ronaldo does and Messi they are just freaks. It's true. Don't try to copy those guys because they're just freaks and that doesn't happen often. But you can copy Franck Ribery and you can copy Thomas Muller.”
The 36-year-old former Arsenal and Barcelona star added: "Nowadays I find it to be annoying sometimes that people don't give a lot of credit to guys that are unselfish. For me Franck represents that. He's very unselfish on the field and tries to play for his team. Whenever he can pass the ball even when he can score he'll try to pass it." He went on to say that Ribery deserved to win the 2013 Ballon d’Or ahead of Real Madrid’s Ronaldo.
Henry also noted that 24-year-old Muller’s World Cup record of 10 goals and six assists isn’t celebrated enough. "He defends. He attacks. He controls the ball when he has to control it. He reverses when he has to reverse. Finishes it when he has to finish... Thomas Muller, for me, he does what the game asks him to do."