Franck Ribery has alleged that the 2013 Ballon d’Or was “stolen” from him, saying that it is “incomprehensible” that Cristiano Ronaldo picked up the prize that season after he had enjoyed such a formidable season with the Bundesliga club.
The France winger led Bayern to domestic glory and played a leading role as they won the Champions League with a 2-1 defeat of Borussia Dortmund at Wembley.
Such exploits are always considered when it comes to the greatest individual prize in football, but Ribery’s contribution was overlooked for that of Ronaldo.
The Bayern Munich star did not even finish second, with Lionel Messi pipping him for that spot.
“It was as if it was stolen from me,” Ribery told Canal Football Club. “It’s incomprehensible. I won every trophy, I couldn’t have done more. It was an injustice.”
The Frenchman lamented that he did not have the support of his compatriots.
“I didn’t have my country behind me,” he claimed. “I saw it with my own eyes that the French said Cristiano should win. Did the Portuguese want it to be Ribery or Messi? Of course not,” he said.