By Germany correspondent Hans Matthias
Franz Beckenbauer has claimed that Premier League clubs can’t entice the world’s top stars despite their vast riches.
English top-tier clubs broke the £1billion-barrier for spending in a single calendar year during the summer and January transfer windows, a world record.
But Beckenbauer observed that some of the best players are employed by clubs outside of the Premier League.
“They can’t buy everyone,” the Germany and Bayern Munich told newspaper Bild. “Most importantly, they can’t buy (Lionel) Messi, (Cristiano) Ronaldo, (Zlatan) Ibrahimovic and our Thomas Muller.”
Comparing the Premier League to the Bundesliga, he added: “They don’t have any among the best in the world. We still have great footballers in Germany.”
Turning his attention to Bayern’s upcoming Champions League opener against Olympiacos on Wednesday night, the 70-year-old former defender tipped the Bavarian side for success.
“What makes me positive is that the squad has more variety than last season,”he said.
Beckenbauer also praised winger Mario Gotze for staying at the club, despite being linked with several moves away in the summer, including to Italian champions Juventus.
“I recently told him (Gotze): you have to force your way through at Bayern,” revealed Beckenbauer. “He does that now. I’m glad he stayed in Munich.”