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Tuesday 16 September 2014

Franck Ribery regrets missing out on Ballon d'Or

Published 14/01/2014 | 10:47

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Real Madrid's Christiano Ronaldo of Portugal, FC Barcelona's Lionel Messi of Argentina, and Bayern Munich's Franck Ribery of France, from left, the three nominees for world  soccer player of the year, take part in a press conference prior to the FIFA Ballon d'Or 2013 Gala in Zurich, Switzerland, Monday, Jan. 13, 2014. (AP Photo/Michael Probst)
Real Madrid's Christiano Ronaldo of Portugal, FC Barcelona's Lionel Messi of Argentina, and Bayern Munich's Franck Ribery of France, from left, the three nominees for world soccer player of the year

Franck Ribery has expressed his deep regret at missing out on the Ballon d'Or award on Monday night.

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The current UEFA Best player in Europe was beaten into third place by Cristiano Ronaldo and Lionel Messi for the FIFA award, despite winning five trophies in the calendar year with his club Bayern Munich.

"What more could I have done other than to win absolutely everything with Bayern?" said the Frenchman to the Bild newspaper.

Nevertheless, the Frenchman says he is unconcerned at missing out on an award which would mean little compared with the trophies he has been winning for Bayern.

"Whether I finish second or third makes no difference. I'm no egoist and this title is not my aim - I'd rather win everything with Bayern all over again and then win the World Cup. That's important.

"Of course it would have been nice to win, but it's fine. We Bayern players and I first of all am just proud to be represented here."

Ribery did make it onto the FIFPro World XI along with Bayern team mates Manuel Neuer and Philipp Lahm, although he missed out on becoming the first Bundesliga and first Bayern player to win the individual award.

"It would have been great, above all for the fans, the club and for my wife, but it's not the most important thing for me," added the 30-year-old.

"I'm pleased that the issue is over with now. I want to win all the titles again this season with Bayern."

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