Franz Beckenbauer has expressed his belief that Matthias Sammer has been the defining factor in Bayern Munich's treble-winning success.
The legendary midfielder replaced Christian Nerlinger as the club's sporting director in the summer and the 67-year-old feels he deserves to be saluted.
"Without detracting from anyone else, [Sammer] has the largest share of the success," he told Sky.
"He came into a situation where the team and the club were on the ground. I have said from the beginning: the best commitment in recent years was from Matthias Sammer.
"He has raised up the team again, of course, in conjunction with Jupp Heynckes and his men. Sammer has had a very big role in ensuring that Bayern are today where they always wanted to be."
Beckenbauer went on to say that coach Heynckes also deserved to be saluted for motivating the players across the course of the season.
"There is this respect towards older people," the Roten legend continued.
"Jupp Heynckes was a world class player, he is a world class coach - that the players know and because they have respect for it. They do not want to disappoint him, the players wanted to give him the best in the last game."
Bayern secured their treble on Saturday with a 3-2 DFB-Pokal final win over Stuttgart, with Mario Gomez scoring twice for the Bavarians.