RB LEIPZIG | RALF RANGNICk

Messi and Cristiano "too old and expensive" for Leipzig

RB Leipzig Sports Director Ralf Rangnick says the German club's model is on younger, more economical players. The team's average age is 23.
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Focus on youth

RB Leipzig Sports Director, Ralf Rangnick spoke about the possibility of Leo Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo playing for the Bundesliga leaders. "It would be crazy to they could fit in with the model we have here. They are too old and too expensive", Rangnick said in an interview with Associated Press which was picked up by Goal.com.

Table toppers

The average age of Leipzig's first team is 23 years - they have one of the most youthful squads in Germany. Rangnick explained: "We have the youngest and most inexperienced team in the Bundesliga" and went onto talk about Leipzig's sensational start to the campaign: "I don't know whether it's a revolution, but it's unusual for a team which was in the Fourth Division three and a half years ago to be in the top flight and on 33 points after 13 games. Nobody expected that".

Young guns

Among Leipzig's young stars who have helped guide the team to the Bundesliga summit are: Timo Werner (20), Oliver Burke (19), Naby Keita and Bernardo (both 21) and captain Dominik Kaiser, aged 22.