Created on 07-10-2012 at 00:00 AM
Shortly before the final whistle, the noise from the sell-out crowd at the Allianz Arena rocketed into a clamour. With a minute to play in the Bundesliga meeting with Hoffenheim, the 71,000 at the ground rose to applaud Franck Ribéry as he left the field. It was a fitting end to the match in which the French superstar was the lead character with a gala performance full of stylish skill.
“He was outstanding today," enthused coach Jupp Heynckes after watching the 29-year-old strike his sixth brace in the Bundesliga, with five of those coming at the club's home ground. Ribéry's goals on 19 and 47 minutes sealed Bayern's seventh win in seven league games and moved the player onto 45 goals for Munich, taking him past Franz Beckenbauer and Michael Ballack in the all-time scoring chart.