The final three-man shortlist for the 2013 Ballon d’Or award was announced on Monday and, unsurpringly, comprised Lionel Messi, Cristiano Ronaldo and Franck Ribéry.
After Messi won the award for the past four years, Ronaldo will be hoping he can loosen the Argentine’s grip on the award.
Ribéry too can expect plenty of votes having won the European Cup, Bundesliga, German Cup and European Super Cup with Bayern Munich.
In related news, Ribery has been named French player of the year.on Tuesday by France Football magazine.
The Bayern Munich winger beat midfield duo Paul Pogba of Juventus and Paris St Germain’s Blaise Matuidi in a poll of past and present French players.
“I now have to go get Thierry Henry’s record,” Ribery, who has now won the prize three times to Henry’s five, told France Football.With that out of the open now