James Kelly | These Football Times
February 2018 | 8-minute read
Such impressive form prompted Gheorghe Hagi to invoke the option to buy him in March 2005, with Ribéry signing a three-and-a-half-year deal until June 2008. The move looked like smart business, with the player cementing his place as a regular starter on the wings. These impressive performances led to him becoming a fans’ favourite, with Ribéry’s speed leading to the nickname “Ferraribéry”.