Franz Beckenbauer has revealed that he got "goosebumps" after learning that he was named in the Ballon d'Or Dream Team along with fellow Bayern Munich legend Lothar Matthäus.
In the week that current Bayern players Manuel Neuer and Robert Lewandowski were honoured as the best in the world at a FIFA award ceremony, Beckenbauer and Matthäus were recognised in an impressive all-time dream team.
The German pair joined the likes of Paolo Maldini, Diego Maradona, Lionel Messi, Pele, Cristiano Ronaldo, and Xavi in the star-studded XI announced by France Football's Ballon d'Or jury.
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Now 75, Beckenbauer said he felt "immense pride" on learning the news. "Finding myself in the midst of such prestigious players is an honour, and gives me goosebumps," the two-time Ballon d'Or winner told French magazine France Football.
"I had chills. It's a magnificent distinction. It feels good to have good news in this strange year of 2020 where tragic events have continued to follow each other."
Between 1969 and 1976, Beckenbauer won four Bundesliga titles and three European Cup trophies with Bayern. A graceful captain and sweeper, he also led West Germany to UEFA European Championship and FIFA World Cup victories in 1972 and 1974.
Beckenbauer later won the Bundesliga and the UEFA Cup as head coach of Bayern in the 1990s, and he had Matthäus as his skipper on the field when he guided West Germany to World Cup glory in 1990.
A former world player of the year, Matthäus was a superb midfielder who starred for Borussia Mönchengladbach, Bayern, and Inter Milan. He won seven Bundesliga titles between 1984 and the year 2000, as well as earning 150 caps for his country.
The 59-year-old told France Football that he was able to interpret every central midfield role well, something which is much more common nowadays in a time of all-action games and a packed schedule.
"I was something of an exception, especially since - depending on the circumstances - I played as a six, an eight and a 10, something that no one else was doing at the time," Matthäus said.