The latest superstar to arrive in Serie A, Franck Ribery says his move to Fiorentina is not with the objective to rival Juventus superstar Cristiano Ronaldo.
Ribery, 36, ended his 12-year stay at Bayern Munich when his contract expired at the end of the last season in which he won a ninth Bundesliga title.
And after months of speculation and interest from the Middle East and the Premier League, the former France international winger signed a two-year deal with La Viola this week.
After a spectacular unveiling in Florence, the veteran attacker says he's aiming to prolong his career into his 40's and hopes to create a legacy with his new employers by leading them back into the UEFA Champions League and not to compete with the league's icon, Ronaldo.
"We have had a very long negotiation, but I am very happy to be here in Florence," he said, as per the club's website.
"I saw great motivation and great confidence in me from the management, and that is why I am here. Naturally, my wife also helped in the choice, because my family is very important.
"I am very motivated, I always want to play. I have a two-year contract and I want to be decisive and help the young players. I want to give something new to this club, I want to bring Fiorentina into the top three of the table.
"I came here to help my team, which is Fiorentina. I am not here to be a rival to Ronaldo. Serie A is a great tournament with many excellent players. Inter bought well on the market, as did Juventus.
"The thing I appreciate the most is that people here love and live for football. It’s a wonderful experience and I want to enjoy myself on the field."