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Ribery's blast

FRANCK RIBERY has claimed he deserved to win the FIFA Ballon d'Or ahead of Cristiano Ronaldo because the Real Madrid forward won nothing in 2013. Ronaldo beat off competition from Bayern Munich midfielder Ribery and Lionel Messi to be crowned the world's best player last week.

It was reward for 12 months of brilliant individual performances, but an aggrieved Ribery felt the five titles won with his all-conquering Bayern side should have counted for more. "I won everything, with the team and individually. Ronaldo won nothing," he said. "I feel I had earned this award. It's all politics."