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Top 10 highest paid soccer players in German Bundesliga

German Bundesliga is one of the top Football Leagues in the world. There are some of the most expensive players included in the squad of the top teams from this German Premier Division. Bayern Munich, Borussia Dortmund, Bayer Leverkusen and other teams are tight packed with remarkable superstars. Frank Ribery, Lewandowski and Lahm are some of the most expensive, highest paid and richest players in the German Bundesliga.

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These players are getting a huge salary from their football clubs. They are also the nominated highest paid soccer players in the world. No surprise, most of the highest paid soccer players in Bundesliga belong to FC Bayern Munich. In other words, Bayern Munich is currently occupying most of the richest footballers in Bundesliga.

 

Top 10 Highest Paid soccer players in German Bundesliga:

Here we are trying to find out the top list of highest paid soccer players in German Bundesliga. The top six players are from German giants Bayern Munich and two from another League Champions Borussia Dortmund. Footballers’ estimated yearly salary is presented here in Euro.

Let’s find, who is the highest paid soccer player in German Bundesliga?

10. Nuri Sahin

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Nuri Sahin ; image credit pl.wikipedia.org

Present club: Borussia Dortmund

Position: Midfielder

Salary: 3 million EUR

Nuri Şahin is a Turkish international who plays as a midfielder for the German Bundesliga club Borussia Dortmund. He began his career at Borussia Dortmund. After spending six years there and winning the League title in 2011, Sahin signed with the Spanish giants Real Madrid for €10 million in 2011. Sahin agreed to a one year loan deal with Liverpool in August 2012.

Şahin won the bronze ball prize at the 2005 U-17 World Cup in Peru. Turkey successfully ended the tournament at fourth position. Şahin is the youngest player to have played and scored for Turkey. Interesting fact is, he scored during his debut which was a match against Germany. He is the 10th in the list of top 10 highest paid soccer players in German Bundesliga.

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9. Marco Reus

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Present club: Borussia Dortmund

Position: Midfielder

Salary: 4 million EUR

Marco Reus is a German professional footballer. He plays as an attacking midfielder or winger for the German Bundesliga club Borussia Dortmund. He has also become a regular member of the Germany national football team. Marco Reus is known for his versatility, technique and speed.

Reus began his youth career at Borussia Dortmund. And then he left for Rot Weiss Ahlen. Primarily Reus played as a left attacker for BVB. Reus won the 2013 DFL Supercup with Borussia Dortmund. He also achieved the Footballer of the Year in Germany in 2012. Now a time he is the 9th most paid footballer in German Bundesliga.

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8. Diego Ribas da Cunha

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Present club: Wolfsburg

Position: Midfielder

Salary: 4.5 million EUR

Diego Ribas da Cunha, commonly known as just Diego is a Brazilian international. He plays for Fenerbahçe in the Süper Lig. Recent times, he was an attacking midfielder of Wolfsburg club in German Bundesliga. Diego is a creative attacking midfielder and playmaker, who is known for his technique and accurate passing. He can also play as a supporting forward or the wing.

The set-piece taker was called up for the Brazil national squad in 2004 for the Copa America tournament. He was instrumental in securing the tournament victory for Brazil. For the last season consideration, Diego is at 8th position in the list of top 10 highest paid soccer player in German Bundesliga.

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7. Klaas-Jan Huntelaar

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Present club: FC Shalke 04

Position: Forward

Salary: 5 million EUR

Dirk Jan Klaas “Klaas-Jan” Huntelaar, commonly known as the Hunter, is a Dutch professional footballer. He also vice-captains for Schalke 04 and plays for the Netherlands national football team. He was named the Dutch Football talent of the year and Ajax-Player of the year in 2006. Huntelaar was a proud member of the 2006 UEFA U-21 champions. As he was the leading goalscorer of that tournament.

Huntelaar came off the bench in the Brazil World Cup 2014 against Mexico. Most notably the striker scored the winning goal for his team to qualify for the quarter-finals. He is at number 7 of top 10 highest paid soccer players in German Bundesliga.

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6. Arjen Robben

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 Present club: Bayern Munich

Position: Midfielder/ Forward

Salary: 5.5 million EUR

Arjen Robben is a Dutch professional footballer. He plays for German Bundesliga club Bayern Munich and the Netherlands national team. Arjen Robben first came to prominence with Groningen. He became the player of the year for the 2000-2001 Eredivisie season. After two years he was signed for psv. He also won the Netherland’s Young player of the year then.

The following season, Robben’s signature was pursued by leading English clubs. After protracted transfer negotiations he joined the English giants Chelsea in 2004. Robben is currently at number 6 of the top 10 highest paid soccer players in German Bundesliga.

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5. Robert Lewandowski

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Present club: Bayern Munich

Position: Forward

Salary: 6.8 million EUR

Robert Lewandowski is a Polish International footballer who plays as striker for FC Bayern Munich. After being the top scorer in the third and second tiers of Polish football, he moved to top-flight Lech Poznan. He became the top scorer in the league as his team won the 2009-2010 Ekstraklasa.

He was transferred to Borussia Dortmund for a reported €4.5 million in 2010. There he achieved two consecutive Bundesliga titles. Finally he was moved to the rival club Bayern Munich at the starting season of 2014. Now a time Lewandowski is at 5th position of the list of top 10 highest paid footballers in German Bundesliga.

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4. Mario Götze

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Present club: Bayern Munich

Position: Midfielder

Salary: 7 million EUR

Mario Götze is a German footballer who plays as an attacking midfielder for FC Bayern Munich in the German Bundesliga. He is actually more than a number 10 player. Mario Götze is capable of playing as either a left or right winger and also as a false nine. He was first selected for the Germany National Football team in 2010, only at the age of 18. Gotze was become a proud member of the 2012 Euro team. And two years later what happened we already know. The surprising winning goal of the 2014 FIFA World Cup final was scored by this young talent.

Between 2009 and 2013, Gotze played for the German Bundesliga club Borussia Dortmund. He was the member of the team that reached the 2013 UEFA Champions League Final. He was moved to FC Bayern Munich for a €37 million bid in April 2013. Being the second most expensive German player Gotze is now at the 4th rank in the list of top 10 highest paid soccer players in German Bundesliga.

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3. Bastian Schweinsteiger

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Present club: Bayern Munich

Position: Midfielder

Salary: 10 million EUR

Bastian Schweinsteiger is a German International. He plays as a midfielder for Bundesliga club Bayern Munich and the German national team. And most notably he is the captain of the Germany National team. Being a right footed player, he naturally plays as a central midfielder. Schweinsteiger has in total won seven Bundesliga titles for Bayern Munich. At the same time seven German Cups and a UEFA Champions League title.

In 2004, he made his International debut. He has earned over 100 caps for Germany and scored 23 goals. Schweinsteiger was selected in their squads for three European Championships and as many World Cups, which also includes the victory at Brazil World Cup.

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2. Philipp Lahm

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Present club: Bayern Munich

Position: Defender

Salary: 10 million EUR

Philipp Lahm is a German professional footballer who plays as a full back or defensive midfielder for FC Bayern Munich. Recently he has retired from the National team.

Lahm is considered by many to be the best full back of his generation. He had previously played with the national team in 2006, 2010 and the 2014 World Cups. Although being right-footed, Lahm is able to play on both sides of the pitch. Now a time Philip Lahm is the second most paid German Bundesliga player. His yearly salary is nearly 10 million EURO.

Lahm signed a new contract in 2014, which will definitely keep him at Bayern Munich until 2018.

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1. Franck Ribéry

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Present club: Bayern Munich

Position: Midfielder

Salary: 11 million EUR

Franck Henry Pierre Ribéry is a French footballer currently playing for German Bundesliga club Bayern Munich. He is also known as Bilal Yusuf Mohammed as an adopted name since his conversion in 2006 to Islam. He is a former France national team player.

Frank Ribéry’s career began in 1989 as a youth player for local hometown club Conti Boulogne. After seven years he left the club to join professional outfit Lille. Individually, Frank Ribéry is a three-time winner of the French Player of the Year award. He also won the German Footballer of the year. Probably Ribery is the first player to hold both the honors. Ribery won the UEFA Best Player in Europe award in 2013. He was also ranked fourth in the Guardian’s list of best players in the world. Currently and most obviously Frank Ribery is the highest paid footballer in German Bundesliga.

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Top 10 German footballers of all-time

Germany is one of the powerhouses of football in the history. Germany has more success in world cup history that no nation has ever enjoyed. After the foundation of German football association in 1900, the nation has achieved numerous glory in the history of football. Germany is one of the most successful national teams in the international competitions, having won a total of three world cups in 1954, 1974 and 1990 and three European championships in 1972, 1980, 1996. Germany has become the only nation to win both Men’s and Women’s football world cups. In this long run, Germany has produced hundreds of players who wrote their names in the history of football. Today we are going to introduce you with top 10 German footballers of all time.

10. Miroslav Klose ( 2001- present, 68 goals in 131 caps )

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miroslav klose——image via: www.theguardian.com

Miroslav Klose has leveled with Germany’s leading goal scorer of all time Gerd Muller with 68 goal record. He is now playing in Lazio as a centre forward. Like Muller he has found the net 14 times in the world cups. Only the Brazilian Ronaldo has more goals than Klose. Klose also played for Bayern Munich, where he tasted the success by winning both Bundesliga and DFB-Pokal on two occations. He was named German Footballer of the year in 2006. Now he is one of the top German footballers of all time.

9. Paul Breitner (1971-1982, 10 goals in 48 caps)

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Paul Breitner ——image via: de.wikipedia.org

Paul Breitner was primarily a defender. He is remembered for his contribution by scoring important goals in vital matches. In the final of the world cup 1974 his equalising goal against the Netherlands set the Germans on their way to a 2-1 victory. On the club scene, he won five Bundesliga titles, one DFB-Pokal and one European Cup with Bayern Munich.

8. Jurgen Klinsmann (1987-1998, 47 goals in 108 caps )

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Jurgen Klinsmann present day——-image via: en.wikipedia.org

He is the most influential player for Germany in world cup 1990 in Italy. During the run to the final Jurgen Klinsmann scored three goals. He is the player who played in six major tournaments between Euro 88 and France 98 and scored at least one goal in each of them. Alongside with Lothar Matthaus and Andreas Brehme he helped Milan to win 1991 UEFA cup. He also played for the English Cub Tottenham Hotspur. He scored 29 goals in his 56 appearances for Tottenham. Currently, Jurgen Klinsmann has taken the responsibility of USA national football team.

7. Uwe Seeler (1954-1970, 43 goals in 72 caps )

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Uwe Seeler —-image via: de.wikipedia.org

Uwe Seeler spent his entire career playing for his home town, Hamburg. He was awarded by lifting the German championship in 1960 and the DFB- Pokal in 1963. Seeler was the leading goal scorer in 1963-64 Bundesliga session with 30 goals. He captained west Germany in 1966 England World Cup. With his lead Germany marched on to the final where the host England stopped them with an extra time goal. He is now at seventh position in top ten german footballers of all time.

6. Fritz Walter (1940-1958, 33 goals in 61 caps )

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Fritz Walter with the winning trophy—–image via: www.theguardian.com

Walter was playing as captain of West Germany in 1954 world cup Switzerland. Playing alongside with his brother Ottomar, they became the first siblings to ever win the tournament. He was awarded UEFA Jubilee Awards in 2004 by recognizing him the single most outstanding player of the past 50 years in Germany.

5. Sepp Maier (1966-1979, no goals in 95 caps )

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Sepp Maier , ‘the cat’ —–image via: mmdeportes.telediario.mx

Maier was regarded as the best goal keeper in the world in 1970s. in the 1974 world cup, he kept four clean sheets as he was nicknamed ‘ the Cat’. He was awarded German footballer of the Year three times. Sepp Maier also won the Bundesliga and DFB-Pokal four times.

4. Lothar Matthaus (1980-2002, 23 goals in 150 caps )

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Lothar ‘ the Panzar’ Matthaus—-image via: top100worldcupmomentsfromtheaussieview.wordpress.com

 

In 1990 world cup Italy Germany met Argentina in the final and took a 1-0 victory to win the world title. Midfielder Matthaus scored four goals throughout this tournaments as well as converting his penalty during the semi- final against England. He also won trophies for Bayern Munich, Inter Milan and Metrostars in USA.

3. Karl-Heinz Rummenigge (1976-1986, 45 goals in 95 caps )

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Karl-Heinz Rummenigge—-image via: en.wikipedia.org

 

Karl-Heinz Rummenigge scored a total of nine goals in three world cup tournaments. After signing for Bayern Munich in 1974, he had go on to become club’s second leading goalscorer of all time behind Muller. He won FIFA Ballon d’or in 1980 and 1981.

2. Gerd Muller (1966-1974, 68 goals in 62 caps )

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Gerd Muller holding the world cup—-image via: en.wikipedia.org

 

The notorious goal machine Gerd Muller is now sharing Germany’s record goals with Klose , although he reached that milestone in only 62 appearances.

In the 1970 the centre forward scored 10 goals, including the hat-tricks he scored against Bulgaria and Peru. He won FIFA Ballon d’or that year, before he helped the Germans to win 1972 European championship. As West Germany won the 1974 world Cup , he rounded off his international career by scoring four times.

He is the leading goal scorer for beyarn Munich with amazing total 566 goals. He has the best goals –to-games ratio in the history of European football, having scored 35 times in the same number of appearances. Among the great German footballers, he made his place on the top.

1. Franz Beckenbauer (1965-1977, 14 goals in 103 caps )

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Franz Beckenbauer in no 6, 1980—image via: commons.wikimedia.org

 

Franz Beckenbauer is the number one in this top ten german footballers of all time. He branded himself as the best defender to have ever played in the game of football. He took part in the 1966 and 1970 world cup where Germany finished second and third respectively. But in the next 1974 world cup ‘ the Kaiser’ finally got his hand on the world cup trophy.

Majority of his success came in Beyarn Munich. He won four Bundesliga title, four DFB-Pokals and three European cups for his club, Bayern Munich.

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Germany eager to end the curse of “Third-place” in the World Cup

German captain Philipp Lahm insists he is sick of finishing third in the World Cup as well as the team. Germany head to Brazil in 2014 FIFA World Cup aiming to end their 24-year wait for a rourth World Cup title.

Consecutive semi-final defeats at both of the last two World Cups have led to the Germany National Team taking bronze. With Philipp Lahm in their side it has been 12 years since the German lost the 2002 World Cup final to Brazil in Yokohama, Japan.

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Philipp Lahm in action ——image via: it.wikipedia.org

After spending a decade in the German national team Philipp Lahm insisted,

“I do not want to go out in the semi-finals again or visit Brazil just to soak up the sun”

Improved counter-attack and tighter defence will be the key areas to coach Joachim Loew in order to break their duck. The German squad is packed with attacking potential, but there have been some rumours with disgruntled stars disrupting the squad’s harmony from the bench as it was happened at both 2012 European Championships and the World Cup qualifiers. Lahm and his team must be sure that the ego and talent of every individual provides only for the squad’s benefit. Since first winning the crown in 1954, the 24-year wait for a title is Germany’s longest. When Germany won Italy 1990-the last time, the youngest midfielder of the current squad Mario Goetze were yet to be born.

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Joachim Loew, the most tensed German figure—-image via: nl.wikipedia.org

Joachim Loew’s strength has been to instill impressive cohesion into his squad by hours of drilling. But the process could be hampered by the injuries and low fitness profile in his first- choice stars. The 54-year old insisted to work on flexibility and variation. He mainly urges on improving counter attacking after winning the ball back. The coach said about the team strategy,

” We haven’t done that as consistently well as we did at the South African World Cup and immediately after.”

The injury becomes unavoidable:

When into a World Cup campaign, it has become a habit for the Germany to suffer from injuries. In 2006 World Cup, Captain Michael Ballack suffered a calf injury while the current skipper Philipp Lahm underwent elbow surgery. In 2010, again Ballack was ruled out by a nasty tackle in the FA Cup final and Germany’s first-choice goalkeeper Rene Alder was out with broken ribs. Philipp Lahm took over Ballack’s absence while Manuel Neuer has taken his place between the posts and he is widely regarded as the World’s best goalkeeper. Four years on however and the fault line runs right along the back-bone of Joachim Loew’s first-choice squad.

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Manuel Neuer’s injury, a matter of concern—-image via: germany-euro-2012.blogspot.com

The disaster came while Lars Bender withdrew and vice-captain Bastian Schweinsteiger and Sami Khedira lack fitness after respective knee surgery. Likewise, Neuer is struggling with a shoulder injury – think how bad it is for a goalkeeper. And the Captain Philipp Lahm is also being treated intensively for an ankle injury.

Loew is now low on options up front with only two recognized strikers in his squad.

The pressure is on for Germany:

Germany have boasted strong leaders traditionally, like- Stefan Effenberg, Michael Ballack or Oliver Kahn. But in recent years when things go wrong, both Philipp Lahm and Schweinsteiger have been criticized cruelly as the world saw in Euro 2012 semi-final defeat to Italy and 2010 World Cup defeat to Spain. According to Ghana midfielder Boateng although Germany have a superior side, they always feel the pressure to be World Champions. They lack characters like Effenberg or Ballack or Oliver Kahn.

In the deadliest Group G of 2014 World Cup Brazil the Germans will face Portugal on June 16. Lets see what Loew’s young side is made of…

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Bayern Munich’s 2014/15 End-of-Season Awards

Bayern Munich have finished the 2014/15 season in German Bundesliga quite successfully. The season is now over and it’s the time for some transfer speculation and pre-season fixtures. Before diving into the new summer and getting the tension rising high, let’s have a look who did what for Bayern Munich in the last season of Bundesliga.

Bayern Munich Awards 2015:

1.Best Player

Bayern Munich is a perfect balanced team full of fantastic footballers. Each of the player has the ability to dominate in the pitch with their simple flick of foot. But, among all these stars, there is a man who stood above all others. His name is Arjen Robben. Robben has missed the last 8 matches in the Bundesliga season due to injury. Still he remains the only real candidate for the Bayern’s Player of the Year award.

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Arjen Robben ; image credit commons.wikimedia.org

In the 2014/15 season, Arjen Robben scored 19 goals and made 9 assists in 30 matches for the team. He is the saviour at times who dragged Bayern Munich from win to win in the quest for silverware.

2. Best Signing

Both Robert Lewandowski and Xabi Alonso were exceptionally well for Bayern in the large part of 2014/15 season. When the best signing is concerned, it is no other than Juan Bernat. He proved himself to be a brilliant choice for Guardiola’s team in the last season.

Juan Bernat stepped into the club following injury of David Alaba. He made himself comfortable in a very short time. Bernat played so well that it seemed like a player who has been playing in Bayern since childhood. He is truly an outstanding left-back for Bayern Munich this season.

3. Best Goal

It was no other than Robert Lewandowski’s amazing goal against Eintracht Frankfurt in April.

4. Worst Signing

The Morocco international Mehdi Benatia wasn’t actually a bad signing. Benatia just hasn’t that good at German weather. In this season of Bundesliga, he probably played a par season for Bayern Munich. Although, he was signed for such a huge amount of money from Roma in the last summer, he wasn’t exactly good enough to the German side.

His fellow mates like Alonso, Bernat, Lewandowski thrived a manner to get accustomed, but Mehdi Benatia failed in this case.

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5. Best Individual Performance

The best individual performance of 2014/15 season came by the courtesy of Arjen Robben. He single-handedly took the task of dismantling Paderborn on February night. Bayern Munich won the game by 6-0 and Arjen Robben scored two goals and assisted two others in that match. The first goal was quite exceptional, when Robben touched to play in Lewandowski from the side. Besides, his 86th minute-goal wasn’t too bad either.

6. Most Improved Player

Bayern Munich have spent a lot of money in this summer to rebuild a talented squad. Among the other talents, it is the humble right-back Rafinha, who has made the biggest impact in Bayern this season.

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Rafinha ; image credit en.wikipedia.org

The Brazil international has developed much very recently, making himself more than a back-up defender. Under Guardiola’s guidance, the 29-year has gained a new lease of life. Rafinha may not be the best footballer in the world, but he gave such an effort this season that he’s looking twice the player he once was in Bayern Munich.

7. Biggest Disappointment

The road to success was not so smooth for Bayern at all. During the Bundesliga campaign, the semi-final defeat to Dortmund in the DFB-Pokal was the notable one. But for many Bayern fans, the biggest disappointment came, when Bayern faced the first-leg defeat to Barcelona in the Champions League semi-finals.

Under Pep Guardiola, Bayern had a high hopes to challenge Barcelona in the Champions League. But, when Bayern came up against their manager’s former side, it didn’t happened exactly what they planned. The 3-0 loss will certainly the biggest disappointment for Bayern Munich this season. The failure planted a lot of doubt in the Bayern side.

8. Best Team Performance

The best team performance from Bayern came in the round of 16 of UEFA Champions League. The Guardiola’s side crashed Shakhtar Donetsk by 7-0 at Allianz Arena. There was a little worrying when Bayern had a 0-0 draw in Ukraine which had left a number of question marks over Bayern’s ability in this season. But the German champions roared with a perfect resounding home win in the 2nd leg.

It was a game in which every single player played their best. Goals were scored by Thomas Muller, Lewandowski, Ribery and Gotze by a complete defensive shutdown. The game was nothing but a best team performance for Bayern Munich.

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