Shaqiri not at Ribery's level, says Bayern Munich president Hoeness

The FCB supremo is not getting carried away by the Swiss international's recent form and believes he still has a lot of room for improvement before he can match the French winger
Bayern Munich president Uli Hoeness believes Xherdan Shaqiri still has a long way to go before he is at the same level as Franck Ribery.

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The Switzerland international put in a man of the match performance in Bayern's 6-1 DFB Pokal semi-final win over Wolfsburg earlier this week, prompting sporting director Matthias Sammer to describe him as world-class.

However, Hoeness is not getting carried away following Shaqiri's fine form and has stressed the winger still has room for improvement.

"Shaqiri put in a good performance, but he is not at Ribery's level yet," Hoeness was quoted as saying by Bild.

"He still has a long way to go before he's on par with Ribery."

The 21-year-old, meanwhile, remains humble as he realises he faces a tough task to condemn Ribery to the bench.

He said: "It was a good game from me, but I still have room for improvement. It's not easy when a world-class player like Ribery is your biggest rival. He's a good friend, though."

Shaqiri has netted seven goals in 32 appearances in all competitions so far this term.