Bayern Munich midfielder Joshua Kimmich has revealed that he would love to play alongside Cristiano Ronaldo and Lionel Messi before they retire from playing football.
Both Ronaldo and Messi have been linked with moves away from Juventus and Barcelona, respectively, in the upcoming summer transfer window. Ronaldo has just one year left on his existing deal in Turin, while Messi is out of contract at the end of the current campaign.
And Kimmich has admitted that he would love to train with the duo. When asked by BILD who he would most like to play alongside in the future, Kimmich said: “Cristiano Ronaldo and Lionel Messi.
“For me, it’s so impressive, almost unbelievable, how you can maintain this level for over 15 years. I’d like to see what they do every day.”
Joshua Kimmich on Messi and Ronaldo:
🗣 "It's so impressive, almost unbelievable, how you can maintain this level for over 15 years.
"I'd like to see what they do every day.” [Bild]
— Goal (@goal) March 25, 2021
The 26-year-old also expressed his admiration for Messi’s former teammate, Xavi, and revealed that he idolised the Barcelona icon while growing up.
“My role model was always Xavi Hernandez from Barcelona,” Kimmich added. “He was never the biggest, but he played with vision, technique and [superb] passing, always bringing others into the game.
“He impressed me and that’s how I wanted to play. I got to know him during a training camp in Doha and it was a really cool moment!”
Kimmich has become an integral part of Hansi Flick’s squad, and played an instrumental role in helping the team to their legendary sextuple. This season, he has already chipped in with three goals and 13 assists in 26 appearances across competitions.
He added that spirits at high at Bayern as they find themselves in the race for the Bundesliga and Champions League titles this season. “In general, the team is currently very harmonious. We have a really cool group,” Kimmich said.