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One Star Player Says Ronaldo Stole The Ballon d'Or From Him

Josh Lawless

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One Star Player Says Ronaldo Stole The Ballon d'Or From Him

Cristiano Ronaldo scored 66 goals in 56 games for club and country to win his second Ballon d'Or in 2013 but he shouldn't have won the award according to Bayern Munich winger Franck Ribery.

The Portuguese superstar pipped both Ribery and long-time rival Lionel Messi to the coveted individual award, but the Frenchman is still very bitter about it.

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Image: PA

The former Marseille had his best ever individual year as a footballer, playing a fundamental role as Jupp Heynckes' Bayern side won the treble - the DFB Pokal, Bundesliga and Champions League.

He finished third in the Ballon d'Or rankings, and made the Team of the Year, but Ribery reckons the top prize was "stolen" from him and feels it was an injustice

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Image: pa

"It was as if it was stolen from me," Ribery told Canal Football Club, via Goal.

"It's incomprehensible. I won every trophy, I couldn't have done more. It was an injustice.

"I didn't have my country behind me. 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."

Ribery also went on to say he believes he was made out to be the scapegoat of France's dismal 2010 World Cup campaign.

Raymond Domenech's side were eliminated at the group stage in South Africa, finishing bottom of the group after claiming just one point in Group A.

Literally everything went wrong for Les Bleus, with all sorts of falling outs and unrest amongst the squad. Ribery was part of the squad and feels he was wrongly blamed for the failings.

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Image: PA

"In 2010, they needed someone to blame," he added.

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."

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Topics: Franck Ribery, Lionel Messi, Ballon d'Or, Bayern Munich, Cristiano Ronaldo

Josh Lawless
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