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Ribery Guns For The Ballon d'Or

Franck Ribery is oozing confidence after he won the Uefa Player of the Year award, and was the man-of-the-match in Bayern Munich’s Super Cup win over Chelsea a few short hours after scooping the gong.

And now the electric winger has his sights set on winning the Ballon d’Or.

No French player has been considered the best in the world since Zinedine Zidane in 1998.

For the past four years, Barcelona superstar Lionel Messi has been the undisputed leader of the football industry, but 30-year-old French international Ribery thinks it’s time for a shake-up.

"Of course I believe in it [winning the Ballon d’Or],” Ribery told the French media.

“Last year I did what had to be done on the pitch and off it. I was very professional, I had a great time with my team and we really enjoyed it.”

Ribery beat Cristiano Ronaldo and Messi to the Uefa award, and as a result he believes he believes he is ready to attain a new altitude in his stellar career.

"To be elected the best player ahead of Messi and Ronaldo, that's amazing. It's true that I'm really enjoying myself right now. This award is a plus for me in a sporting sense, it gives me confidence.

"Perhaps it puts more pressure on me, but I manage to handle that sort of situation well. I mustn't get carried away. It's up to me to keep working, enjoy myself, and help my team, be it Bayern or France."

Meanwhile, having won the prize for the best player in Europe, Bayern Munich president Uli Hoeness thinks Ribery is now the logical choice to be claimed the best player in the world.

"Who else but him should win it? I doubt there is anyone in South America who has a better chance," he told Bild.

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