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Bayern Munich star Franck Ribery opens up on childhood trauma of car crash which left him with permanent scars

Frenchman also insists they made him 'stronger' as he suffered from name calling whenever he walked in public

Franck Ribery has opened up on the trauma of the devastating car crash which left him scarred for life.

The Bayern Munich winger never knew his biological parents, as he was abandoned on the steps of a monastery as a baby.

Franck Ribery believes childhood scars have made him stronger person

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Franck Ribery believes childhood scars have made him stronger person

Franck Ribery suffered from taunts over scars during his childhood

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Franck Ribery suffered from taunts over scars throughout his childhood

And, at the age of two, was involved a horror crash with a lorry, where he was rushed to hospital and received over 100 stitches.


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Speaking to former Leeds midfielder Olivier Dacourt on Canal+ Sport, he admitted the famous scars improved his endurance. He said: “They gave me character and this strength.

“Because, when you are a child and you have a scar like this, it’s not easy.

“The way people see you, the comments — my family suffered for this.”

Franck Ribery has gone onto become one of best players of his generation

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Franck Ribery has gone onto become one of best players of his generation

Former France international Franck Ribery was abandoned as a baby

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Former France international Franck Ribery was abandoned as a baby

He revealed how people would point at him make comments as he walked in public.


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Ribery added: “People would say: ‘Look what he has on his face, look at his head. What is this scar? It’s so ugly.’

“Wherever I went, people would look at me.

“And not because I was a good person or because my name is Franck or was a good footballer, but because of the scar.

Franck Ribery insists he 'never cried in a corner' due to trauma of scars

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Franck Ribery insists he ‘never cried in a corner’ due to trauma of scars

Franck Ribery was disappointed at missing on 2013 Ballon d'Or to Cristiano Ronaldo

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Franck Ribery was disappointed at missing on 2013 Ballon d’Or to Cristiano Ronaldo

“The people who talk about you are the parents (of other children), and this is very cruel.”

However, despite the trauma, he never felt sorry for himself. He said: “I never went to a corner and cried, despite suffering.

Ribery’s is a real rags-to-riches story. Despite his difficult upbringing, he has gone onto become one of the greatest footballers of his generation.

In another recent interview, he expressed his frustration at controversially missing out on the 2013 Ballon d’Or award.


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