Wednesday 13 December 2017

Franck Ribery: I deserved Ballon d'Or more than Ronaldo

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
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 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 in won with his all-conquering Bayern side should have counted for more.

"I won everything, with the team and individually. Ronaldo won nothing," the France international said in an interview with Munich's TZ newspaper.

"I feel I had earned this award. It's all politics."

Ribery helped Bayern win the Bundesliga, DFB-Pokal, Champions League, UEFA Super Cup and FIFA Club World Cup in 2013, while Ronaldo's 66 goals in 56 appearances for Madrid failed to win them a single trophy.

And Ribery appeared disheartened by the whole experience.

Asked about next year's award, he said: "The Golden Ball doesn't interest me any more."

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