BILD: You have won eight titles and came second ten times in the last ten years – how much of a bitter pill to swallow is this?
Ballack: Why bitter pill? I think that I have been playing successful football in the last couple of years. Some people win just one title and spend their lives revelling in that while others never win anything. Of course I am missing a big international title, but who can show off a better record than me anyway? Someone should come and explain to me, why people nowadays accuse me of winning the runner up medal at the World Cup in 2002 with Rudi Völler. My goals in the quarter and semi-final sent Germany into the final – for which I had been suspended. A top performance is negatively re-evaluated years later. I don’t get it.
BILD: Would you nevertheless swap all your national titles for one big international trophy?
Ballack: No, why should I do that?
I was always a little bit afraid of Santa Claus. — Michael Ballack