Berbatov reveals surprise favourite strike partner |
 Berbatov reveals surprise favourite strike partner

Berbatov reveals surprise favourite strike partner

Former Manchester United striker Dimitar Berbatov has picked Brazilian França as the favorite strike partner he ever played with. 

The Bulgarian had a stellar career at the top, playing alongside world-class strikers in Germany with Bayer Leverkusen and England with Tottenham and Manchester United. 

He lined up alongside the likes of Wayne Rooney, Carlos Tevez, and Robbie Keane, but it was the Brazilian who impressed him most. 

"The likes of Rooney and Keane, we complemented each other, and that's even if you don't speak a lot outside the pitch," he said as quoted by Goal.

"You respect each other for what you do on the pitch.

"You see what each other can do and how you help each other get better. In turn, you help the team. Everyone wins. At Leverkusen, I had a great partnership with a guy called França. We scored so many goals. We destroyed Bayern Munich 4-1 one season.

"We both got two goals each. He didn't speak English or German so outside the pitch we didn't say a word. Literally nothing. Honestly, nothing. I saw how he trained and played on the pitch and the other way around.

"When we stepped on the pitch, man, it was like we were sleeping together! I was enjoying playing with that guy. Unbelievable. Not selfish. I was in a better position and he would give me the ball. When I gave him the ball, he scored.

The two were part of the Leverkusen side that lost the 2002 Champions League final to Real Madrid thanks to Zinedine Zidane's memorable goal that has become the 'face' of the competition. 

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