His mate Bastian Schweinsteiger and the squad have frequently expressed their solidarity. Prior to the Champions League final, they dispatched a signed replica shirt to Colorado in the USA, where Holger was recuperating after his operation. And immediately after the triumphs in London and Berlin, the team held up a number 28 jersey for the cameras. “I was very emotional about that,” Badstuber admitted.
He has now thanked the squad in public: “I really value these gestures. And I’ve been moved by the number of players who’ve given me a call and kept me up to speed. Respect, that was fantastic!” (x)