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Ribery Confident Of Ballon d'Or Award

Bayern Munich's Franck Ribery believes he is the favourite to win the FIFA Ballon d'Or this year and so do his teammates according to the French international.

Ribery was instrumental in leading his club side to the treble last season, including the UEFA Champions League title, and also lifted the 2013 UEFA Best Player in Europe Award.

Now he believes he deserves to win the biggest individual accolade in football.

“Ballon d'Or? 2013 is my year. I am thinking about the Ballon d'Or quite often. It gives me more strength,” said Ribery.

“Do I deserve it? Yes. There is what I do on the pitch, what I did to come back to my best level, my professionalism every day, the trophies I won.

“I am very steady. The ‘Best Player in Europe’ trophy gave me more strength. I was good before, I am better now. At Bayern, everyone believes I have to win it.”

Ribery added that he believes he will only get better under new coach Pep Guardiola and is enjoying the freedom he has afforded him on the pitch

“It is really great. He wanted me when he was in Barcelona. Immediately we agreed about what he expected from me,” added Ribery.

“He gives me a lot of freedom. With him, you learn every day. He is not here to copy Barca. He knows Bayern is a different club. He is someone who is very nice, but is very demanding too. When he talks, you know who the boss is.”

Looking at his future Ribery said he would like to end his career at Bayern.

“Do I still want to end my career at Bayern and then live in Munich? Yes, more than ever. I have three or four years remaining on my contract, I don't know, I don't count, I feel so happy here,” said Ribery.

“Then, why not coaching? I would like to coach young players.”

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