Controversy surrounding the Ballon d’Or being presented to Cristiano Ronaldo deepened with Franck Ribery claiming that he was the rightful winner of the award and that Ronaldo did not deserve it. Bayern Munich have won all the competitions they have played in last season which include the Bundesliga, German Cup, UEFA Super Cup, Champions League and the FIFA Club World Cup.
The France international said,”I won everything, with the team and individually. Ronaldo won nothing,I feel I had earned this award. It’s all politics.”, in an interview to Munich’s TZ newspaper.
Ribery helped the German side to have a perfect season domestically and in Europe but his role wasn’t pivotal for the club. Bayern Munich played an all round game in which Ribery was just one of the key components of literally the best side in the history of the club Whether it was Neuer or Robben , Alaba or Muller, Bayern didn’t lean on any particular player’s skill . Thus it makes the situation hard for Ribery to be viewed as a pivot for the team.
While at Bernabeu, Ronaldo played a leading role for Real with 66 goals in 56 games but failed to secure any silverware. Ronaldo had outperformed Ribery as a player almost in all fields of judgement.
Ronaldo has been almost mocked by Messi who stated that he had been out on injury, almost as if hinting that if not because of the injury the winner would have been him for the fifth time in a row. Many term Ronaldo’s win to be a trick played by the FIFA bosses as deadlines for voting the nominees had been pushed back to include Portugal’s world cup playoff qualifier against Sweden. Ronaldo had once again played a vital role in Portugal’s win in that two legged clash with a hattrick.
Ribery appeared disheartened and stated that the Ballon d’Or didn’t interest him anymore.