Franck Ribery will once again enter a FIFA World Cup as one of France’s key players, yet the Bayern Munich man’s inability to replicate his club form on the international stage remains one of Les Bleus' biggest problems.
The 31-year-old is the most capped player in Didier Deschamps’ 23-man squad for this summer’s tournament—with 81 appearances to his name—yet in that time he has only scored once at an international tournament for the French.
Brazil will be Ribery’s third World Cup and he has also featured in two European Championships, but the former Olympique de Marseille star has only fleetingly displayed his impressive ability—often seen at club level—in French bleu.
South America will be his last chance to thoroughly impress on the world stage after he revealed recently to RTL Radio (h/t FIFA.com) that this will be his last World Cup. For now, there is still a feeling that Ribery is living off the excitement that he generated in his early performances in Germany back in 2006.
With that early international form in mind, here are Ribery’s six greatest moments with Les Bleus.