Franck Ribery has instructed Canal+ that he nonetheless feels cheated out of the 2013 Ballon d’Or it was “an injustice” that he didn’t obtain the award.
The 34-year-old, had performed a central position in Bayern Munich’s Bundesliga, DFB Pokal and Champions League Treble of that yr, and was on the three-man shortlist for the honour with Barcelona’s Lionel Messi and Actual Madrid’s Cristiano Ronaldo.
5 years on, the French ahead’s disappointment stays uncooked, and he believes his personal compatriots performed a unfavorable position.
“It was a tough interval, it was incomprehensible,” he stated in an interview with former worldwide teammate Olivier Dacourt. “I had received each trophy, I could not have accomplished extra. For me, it was like a theft, an injustice.
“I did not have my complete nation behind me. I noticed with my very own eyes French individuals who needed Cristiano to win. Did the Portuguese need Ribery or Messi to win? Not possible. Do you suppose in Argentina they needed Ribery or Ronaldo to win? Not possible.”
🗨️ @FranckRibery sur le Ballon d’Or 2013 : “Pour moi c’est comme si c’était un vol (…) J’ai eu le soutien de certains français, mais je n’ai pas eu tout mon pays derrière moi tout simplement” #MaPartDOmbre pic.twitter.com/h1v5AG83fV
— Canal Soccer Membership (@CanalFootClub) January 7, 2018
On the time, the award was nonetheless given collectively by France Soccer journal and FIFA, that means nationwide crew coaches and captains had a vote in addition to a specialist media panel.
Ronaldo topped the ballot with 27.99 % of the vote forward of Messi (24.72 %) leaving Ribery — who received UEFA Males’s Participant of the Yr award that yr — third on 23.36 %.
Ian is ESPN’s French soccer correspondent. Twitter: @ian_holyman