Berlin - France's Franck Ribery says only Cristiano Ronaldo
and Lionel Messi seem capable of winning the Ballon d'Or and has voiced his
frustration after Bayern Munich team-mate Manuel Neuer missed out.
Portugal's superstar Ronaldo won the prestigious award for
the second year running earlier this month in Zurich with Messi second and
goalkeeper Neuer third.
Much to his frustrations, Ribery missed out on scooping the
2013 title, also finishing third behind the superstar pair despite strong
displays in helping Bayern win that year's Champions League title.
"I was really angry, but it is the same every year: you
don't know what you have to do in order to win the vote," Ribery told
Munich daily AZ.
The Frenchman questions whether it is even worth a Bayern
Munich player even bothering to attend the gala award ceremony in the future.
Between them, Ronaldo and Messi have won the award for the
last seven years and Ribery questioned what more Neuer could have done to
dethrone them after winning the World Cup with Germany.
"It clearly appears that winning the World Cup isn't
enough," Ribery fumed.
"For the last two or three years, Neuer has been the
world's best goalkeeper and had won titles with the club.
"In Brazil, he was the best goalkeeper and is a world
champion, but that's clearly not enough. I don't understand it!
"If a Bayern player is again nominated, we should
consider whether it is worth travelling to the award ceremony.
"For what? Perhaps to have a photo taken? No!
"That is just politics for me.
"Every player needs to know: if Ronaldo and Messi are
there, the third nominated player doesn't have a chance."
Ribery has played for Bayern since 2007 and says he is set
to finish his career at the Bavarian giants with his contract to expire in 2017
when he will be 34.
"I'll have to see how I feel and how my body reacts. I
can afford to stay relaxed about it," he said.
"Perhaps it is important for Bayern that I play here
for another year or two after that. We'll see."For
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