Franck Ribery admits Real Madrid temptation

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France international Franck Ribery has revealed that his compatriot and ex-Real Madrid playmaker Zinedine Zidane almost convinced him to move to the Santiago Bernabeu before he joined Bayern Munich.

The now Bayern Munich winger also claimed that both Los Blancos and La Liga giants Barcelona previously expressed an interest in taking him to Spain.

However, Ribery, who freely admitted that he was particularly tempted by the prospect of following in Zizhu's footsteps by making the move to the Spanish capital, stated tacitly that he is very comfortable at the moment with his present club.

"Barcelona and Madrid are very big teams and there was a moment when both teams were interested in me," the 30-year-old France international told beIN Sport.

"I liked both but I had a moment in which I felt closer to Madrid than Barcelona. Zidane wanted me to go to Madrid and he tried all he could.

"But I am not interested now because Bayern is my family."

Moreover, Ribery, who played a key role in Bayern's historic treble triumph last season, has been favourably considered by many as the frontrunner for this year's Ballon d'Or award.

Nevertheless, the former Olympique de Marseille attacker will face stiff competition from Cristiano Ronaldo and Barcelona star Lionel Messi.

However, he fancies his chances of walking away with the prestigious accolade.

"I feel good about it," he confessed.

"It is getting closer and closer. This has been one of my best years. I was lucky enough to win everything."

The winner of the Ballon d'Or award will be announced by January next year as the voting will be made by both the national coaches and captains amongst others.

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