Lothar Matthaus backs Franck Ribery for Ballon d'Or

Matthaus backs Ribery for Ballon d'Or
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Bayern Munich winger Franck Ribery is tipped for the Ballon d'Or by Germany legend Lothar Matthaus.

Germany legend Lothar Matthaus believes that Bayern Munich winger Franck Ribery deserves to win the Ballon d'Or.

The Frenchman was an integral part of the Bayern side that completed a historic Treble last season, and Matthaus, who won the title after captaining Germany to the 1990 World Cup, feels that Ribery would be a worthy winner.

"Franck has already won Uefa's Best Player in Europe award, and that means he has a great chance of winning the Ballon d'Or," Matthaus told AZ.

"He certainly deserves it. He has thrilled us all with his outstanding displays at Bayern, not only with his dribbling but also with his work rate for good of the team.

"My top three for the award would be Ribery, Philipp Lahm and Robert Lewandowski, although I fear Lionel Messi may win a fifth in a row."

Ribery's side are currently top of the Bundesliga.

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