Bayern Legend Franz Beckenbauer Says Mario Gotze Is Behaving Like a Child

Sean Fay@@Sean_FayUK Staff WriterMay 7, 2015

ROME, ITALY - OCTOBER 21:  Mario Gotze of FC Bayern Muenchen celebrates after scoring the goal 0-2 during the UEFA Champions League match between AS Roma and FC Bayern Muenchen at Stadio Olimpico on October 21, 2014 in Rome, Italy.  (Photo by Giuseppe Bellini/Getty Images)
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Mario Gotze was dubbed the "German Messi" when he joined Bayern Munich from Borussia Dortmund for €37 million in 2013.

Gotze has shown flashes of brilliance since, most notably when he scored the winning goal in the 2014 World Cup final, but he has struggled for consistency and has been in and out of the Bayern line-up. 

One man who has certainly not been impressed with his progress is Bayern's honorary president and club legend Franz Beckenbauer.

He told Sky (h/t Goal):

He behaves and moves around on the pitch like a youth player. He just stops moving when he loses a duel. This is the behaviour of a child.

This kind of behaviour does not fit in at Bayern. It is time for him to grow up.

He has shown at Dortmund what he can do and we know that he is a great talent. But there is still something missing. 

Gotze came off the bench during Bayern's 3-0 loss to Barcelona in the first leg of their Champions League semi-final on Wednesday night.

[Goal]

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