EPL money can’t buy Ronaldo, Messi, Muller: Beckenbauer

Munich, Sep 16 (IANS) Legendary German footballer and honorary president of giants Bayern Munich Franz Beckenbauer has said despite the economic power of the English Premier League, English money could not sign the best, which means they cannot buy everything.

EPL sold its TV rights for over 5 billion pound ($77.16 million) earlier this year in a record deal – an increase of around 70 percent from the previous agreement, reports Efe.

But Beckenbauer is confident the game’s best players will continue to ply their trade outside of England, regardless of the cash on offer.

“No, they cannot buy everything,” Beckenbauer said on Tuesday.

“Messi, Ronaldo, Ibrahimovic and Muller, the best players in the world, the English clubs did not get any. We still have great footballers in Germany.”

Bayern have earlier confirmed there was a lucrative deal for Muller from England, which was rejected.

Although the value of the bid was not officially declared, media speculated it to be between 85 and 120 million euros ($95 to $135 million).

He also spoke of his happiness with Munich’s current squad and hoped coach Pep Guardiola will sign a new contract.

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