25 Reasons Why Bayern Munich's Franck Ribery Must Win the Ballon D'Or

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25 Reasons Why Bayern Munich's Franck Ribery Must Win the Ballon D'Or
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For the past few years, the race for the FIFA Ballon d’Or title has become something of an exclusive competition between Barcelona’s Argentine genius Lionel Messi and Real Madrid’s Portuguese phenomenon Cristiano Ronaldo.

In three of the past four final shortlists, two of the three names on the list have been those two.

The third name has more often than not been one of Messi’s Barcelona teammates; such has been their dominance in Spain and in Europe.

However, this year there is a new name on the list, and there is a new dominant force in European football.

Bayern Munich’s Franck Ribery was a vital part of a well-oiled machine that crushed all in their path in 2013.

The German giants not only won the Bundesliga title, but they also triumphed in the UEFA Champions League, the DFB Pokal (German Cup), the UEFA Super Cup and the FIFA Club World Cup. 

Bayern are, without doubt, the best team in the world at present. It is also somewhat fitting that the man who was in charge of the dominant Barcelona team for the best part of their years as undisputed kings of Europe, Pep Guardiola, is now in charge of the Bavarians.

But Ribery has been key to all of this Bayern success in 2013 and continues to be a crucial part of the German champion's side under the Spaniard’s command.

There will never be a better time for Ribery to prise the Ballon d’Or away from either Messi or Ronaldo.

Here are 25 reasons why the Frenchman deserves to win the title on Monday.

 

*Statistics thanks to BBC.co.uk and bundesliga.com (in English).

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