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Shaqiri rejects Ribery comparisons

Bayern Munich attacker Xherdan Shaqiri says he does not like being compared to team-mate Franck Ribery.

While admitting that Ribery is an outstanding role model and a world-class player, Shaqiri – who has already started three games for his new side – made it clear he is keen on developing his own style of football.

“On the pitch, I can learn a lot from him. His unpredictability is unique. I like that a lot. But generally I don’t like to compare myself to others. I am myself and not Ribery or anyone else,” Shaqiri told Bild.

“I think that so far, they (Bayern Munich) are very satisfied (with my performances). I certainly am. I think that (coach) Jupp Heynckes cannot look past me. That’s why he gave me a lot of match time already.”

“Twelve points is a nice cushion. I like that Dortmund have to look up on us from below. But there are many games left and a 12-point advantage right now is not yet enough for the championship.”

Shaqiri shed some light on how he achieved his extraordinary physique, insisting that his muscularity is hereditary.

“I’m never in the weight room. I never do push-ups at home. My father looked like this, I’m naturally this way,” he said.

Sun 28 October, 2012
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