Beckenbauer: Messi is a good fit for Bayern

The Germany legend is a big fan of the Argentine, but believes neither Cristiano Ronaldo or Zlatan Ibrahimovic would suit the European champions' style of football
Bayern Munich president Franz Beckenbauer says Lionel Messi would be a perfect fit for the Bavarians and admits he dreams of pairing the forward with Franck Ribery.

Current Bayern boss Pep Guardiola worked with the Argentine during his four years in charge of Barcelona, and the Germany legend has moved to lavish praise on the four-time Ballon d'Or winner.

But although he is a big fan of Messi's talents, the 68-year-old dismissed the prospect of two other high-profile players ever fitting in with the club's new-found passing philosophy.

He told Sport Bild: "Messi would always be a great fit. He would be good for merchandising worldwide, too.

"That has a special charm (on the possibility of Ribery playing with Messi). Ibrahimovic and Guardiola - it is a no-go. And Ronaldo does not fit into the system."

Bayern have made an encouraging start to life under Guardiola, who replaced Treble-winning boss Jupp Heynckes at the end of last season.

The European champions lead Borussia Dortmund by four points at the top of the Bundesliga, having won 10 of their opening 12 league games, while they also sit top of Champions League Group D.