Kramaric: I’m not Messi, not Cristiano Ronaldo – dpa

TForerunner Andrej Kramaric also sees a lack of professionalism among the players at TSG 1899 Hoffenheim as a reason for the disappointing performance in the past season. “We had too many yellow card suspensions, and of course we, as players, have to question our professional attitude and behavior,” said the 30-year-old striker in an interview with “Kicker” (Monday edition).

You can’t control 25 players all the time. “Every child dreams of playing in the Bundesliga, so you have to be fully focused and prepared all year round,” emphasized Kramaric. The Kraichgauers missed a place in the European Cup and ended up ninth in the Bundesliga.

The Croatia international himself has managed just six goals in League One, having scored 20 goals the previous season. “I’m not satisfied with that,” said Kramaric. “I’m not a Messi, not a Cristiano Ronaldo and not a Lewandowski.”

He has no regrets that he extended his contract in Hoffenheim until 2025 after much hesitation and with the hope of entering a European competition. “I’ve always emphasized how comfortable I feel here. That’s still the case, despite the stale aftertaste of the last quarter of the season,” said the striker.