Franck Ribery breaks down in tears at Rafinha's emotional farewell press conference

Franck Ribery breaks down in tears at Rafinha's emotional farewell press conference

Bayern Munich defender Rafinha became the third player to announce his departure from the Bundesliga club in a deeply emotional press conference that left teammates broken.

The Brazilian defender will leave Munich alongside his longtime friends and teammates Franck Ribery and Arjen Robben this summer.

Franck Ribery breaks down in tears at Rafinha's emotional farewell press conference

Arjen Robben of Bayern Muenchen with teammates Rafinha and Franck Ribery on the bench

And of those most affected in Rafinha's farewell conference was Ribery, who could not hold back his tears as his friend paid tribute to the club he had spent his last eight years fighting for.

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"The eight years have been wonderful, I have had some great moments here.

"The treble in 2013 was special. All things come to an end eventually. We are together everyday and we know each other so well — we are a family. The friendship we all have is the greatest thing," Rafinha said.

And as Rafinha spoke his parting words Ribery was in tears as it finally dawned on him that he would also be playing his last two games for Bayern Munich.

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''You know that I played football because of the fun and to enjoy it. I love football. If you play well, then you make yourself a great name and the money comes on its own," Ribery said.

"You earn money for what you did. I do not just play for money," he stated.

The 36-year-old winger is still interested in playing football and is yet to make up his mind on his next club with some speculating a move to Australia's Western Sydney Wanderers.

Meanwhile, had reported that former Manchester United captain, Antonio Valencia, had been awarded the prestigious National Order of Merit medal by Ecuador president, Lenin Moreno, in recognition of the winger's 10-year career with the Premier League giants.

Valencia ended his decade-long stay at Old Trafford on Sunday, May 12, after making 339 appearances in a United shirt since his arrival in 2009 from Wigan Athletic.

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