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Franck Ribery has blamed a ‘media conspiracy’ for him not winning the Ballon d’Or in 2013

The Frenchman is right to have complaints over losing out on football's top individual honour in 2013 to Cristiano Ronaldo

These are some serious accusations coming from Franck Ribery.

The Bayern Munich flyer has finally lifted the lid on what he feels are the reasons behind him not winning the Ballon d’Or back in 2013 and he is very angry.

Cristiano Ronaldo was crowned the best player in the world, followed by Lionel Messi in second with Ribery having to settle for third place in the football hierarchy.

When you look at the facts it is easy to see where Ribery’s gripes come from.


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You can’t win the Ballon d’Or if your own country’s media is out to get you

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You can’t win the Ballon d’Or if your own country’s media is out to get you

Bayern Munich were the most dominant team in Europe in the 2012/13 season, they won an unprecedented quadruple of the Bundesliga, Champions League, German Cup and German Supercup.

The French winger was at the heart of everything that was good about Bayern that year and was astonished to learn he had lost out to Ronaldo for the prized gong.

The winger told  Canal Football Club that it felt as though the trophy had been stolen from him and blamed the French media for him missing out.

It would have been awful to be a top-level full back in 2013

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It would have been awful to be a top-level full back in 2013

“It was as if it was stolen from me,” he said. “It’s incomprehensible. I won every trophy, I couldn’t have done more. It was an injustice.”

Ribery was integral to Bayern’s Champions League success, serving up two assists in the 7-0 aggregate destruction of Barcelona in the semis and scoring against Borussia Dortmund in the final.

He would have become the only player not named Lionel or Cristiano to win the award since Kaka won it in 2007.

But it wasn’t to be. 


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Ribery is still at Bayern but his chance to win the Ballon d’Or has certainly passed

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Ribery is still at Bayern but his chance to win the Ballon d’Or has certainly passed

And Ribery says that was all because of the French media’s bias towards Ronaldo.

“I didn’t have my country behind me,” he insisted. “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.”

While it may seem like an outlandish claim, the explanation behind it offers plausible motivation.

France self-destructed at the 2010 World Cup, with part of the squad refusing to train after coach Raymond Domenech banned Nicolas Anelka after a bust-up.


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2010 was one of the worst French World Cup campaigns ever

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2010 was one of the worst French World Cup campaigns ever

Les Bleus finished bottom of the group without a win.

Ribery said: “In 2010, they needed someone to blame.

“Everyone in France believed I was the problem – even my parents.

“I can’t forget the actions of certain French media. It’s a scar that stays with me, it was too much.”

On the other hand, Ronaldo did score 55 goals that season.