Ribery Hits Out At Ballon D’Or ‘Politics’

Bayern Forward Says Award Should Go To Team-Mates

Franck Ribery Bayern Munich forward Franck Ribery has hit out at the politics behind Fifa’s Ballon D’Or Award.

The Frenchman was short-listed for the 2013 award, which was won by Cristiano Ronaldo. But while he feels that his nominated Bayern team-mates, Arjen Robben and Manuel Neuer have both done enough to win the award, he feels it will be given to Ronaldo once again.

“I saw how Sepp Blatter enthusiastically welcomed the arrival of Cristiano Ronaldo so I’m not stupid,” Ribery told Sport Bild about last year’s gala dinner.

“That was when I realised that he must win.

“It should be Manuel Neuer or Arjen Robben be for me, there are no two ways about it.

“Manu has won everything. He is a good person, not arrogant.

“Arjen is incredible. He had a great Bundesliga season and then an outstanding World Cup.

“But I am afraid that there still too much politics. The Golden Ball for the best player? I do not think so. In 2006 Cannavaro won. Because he was world champion, that’s all.”

Ribery’s comments have been partially backed up by Uefa president Michel Platini, who said that a member of the World Cup-winning team should be given the award, though that rules out Robben.

“Many players may well deserve the Ballon d’Or, but I am of the opinion that in a World Cup year, it should be awarded to a world champion,” said Platini.

“This is in line with what I said four years ago when, in my opinion, the award should have gone to a Spanish player”,

Read more: Platini: “The Ballon d’Or should go to one of the world champions” – MARCA.com (English version)

Ribery also admitted that he was prepared to leave Bayern in 2009 but that he was talked out of it.

“I had two or three conversations with Uli Hoeness and Karl-Heinz Rummenigge. And they were really cool,” said Ribery.

“They said: ‘You are the best man, you must stay. Barcelona have Messi, we have you, Franck’ and he added that he isn’t looking to move elsewhere.

“I’ve been here for eight years and I want to finish my career in Munich. The team is now on a par with Real and Barca.”




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