‘When we stepped on the pitch, it was like we were sleeping together!’: Dimitar Berbatov reveals his favourite strike partner was his former Bayer Leverkusen team-mate Franca despite playing with Wayne Rooney and Carlos Tevez
- Prior to move to England Dimitar Berbatov impressed for Bayer Leverkusen
- He has opened up on his time at club and the attacking partnership he formed
- Former striker Berbatov created formidable bond with Brazilian forward Franca
Former Manchester United forward Dimitar Berbatov has revealed his favourite strike partner – and it’s not Wayne Rooney or Carlos Tevez.
Prior to making the move to England in 2006 Berbatov impressed for German outfit Bayer Leverkusen.
The former Bulgaria international has opened up on his time at the club and his attacking partnership with Brazilian Franca between 2002 and 2005.
Ex-Man United star Dimitar Berbatov has revealed his favourite strike partner – Brazilian Franca
Berbatov played with Wayne Rooney at Manchester United between 2008 and 2012
‘The likes of Rooney and Keane, we complemented each other, and that’s even if you don’t speak a lot outside the pitch,’ Berbatov told Betfair.
‘At Leverkusen, I had a great partnership with a guy called Franca. We scored so many goals. We destroyed Bayern Munich 4-1 one season.
‘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 former Bulgaria international also played alongside Carlos Tevez in attack for United
‘It was like Andy Cole and Dwight Yorke. It was unbelievable how we played together. Playing with him helped me develop. I appreciate that when I play with players better or on my level. You can always learn something.’
Berbatov played with Rooney for four years at Old Trafford and lined-up alongside Tevez for one season.
Ex-striker Berbatov scored 91 goals in 202 appearances for Leverkusen before making the switch to Tottenham.
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