Franz Beckenbauer believes that despite the huge revenue of the Premier League, the world’s best players still ply their trade outside of England’s top-flight.
The Bayern Munich legend told German sports newspaper Blid: ‘They can’t buy everyone. Most importantly, they can’t buy (Lionel) Messi, (Cristiano) Ronaldo, (Zlatan) Ibrahimovic and our Thomas Muller.’
Premier League clubs broke the £1billion-mark for spending in a single calendar year following the conclusion of this summer’s transfer window on September 1, according to Sports Business Group at Deloitte.
Beckenbauer, however, insists that better quality players reside elsewhere. On the strength of the Bundesliga, he added: ‘They don’t have any among the best in the world. We still have great footballers in Germany.’
He also praised winger Mario Gotze for staying at the club, despite being linked with several moves away in the summer, including to Manchester United and Arsenal.
Beckenbauer revealed: ‘I recently told him (Gotze): you have to force your way through at Bayern. He does that now. I’m glad he stayed in Munich.’