Franco Baresi, the legendary former Milan and Italy defender, has paid tribute to the late Franz Beckenbauer.
Baresi acknowledged feeling “uncomfortable” when people drew comparisons between him and “Der Kaiser.”
The two-time Ballon d’Or winner and three-time European Cup winner, Franz Beckenbauer, passed away at the age of 78 on Sunday night.
Franco Baresi joins a growing list of footballing giants offering condolences to the Beckenbauer family, describing it as “a sad moment.”
“What can I say? Franz has left us. An icon. A myth. He was an emperor for the way that he interpreted his role, I admired him so much.
“Technique, personality and elegance. He defined an era and for me he was an enormous inspiration. I often felt uncomfortable when they compared me to him.” Said Franco Baresi.
Beckenbauer is among three individuals to achieve the rare feat of winning the World Cup both as a player and a coach. Additionally, his Bayern Munich team from the mid-70s is one of only three squads to secure three consecutive European Cups.
In addition to his achievements, Beckenbauer boasts five Bundesliga titles as a player, along with four DFB-Pokals and a UEFA Cup Winners’ Cup on his impressive resume.
As a coach, Beckenbauer secured another World Cup title with West Germany in 1990. He also won a Ligue 1 title with Marseille and, upon returning to Bayern Munich, clinched the Bundesliga title in 1993-94 and the UEFA Cup during his second stint in 1995-96.