Cristiano Ronaldo won the Ballon d'Or in 2013.

One player thinks he had the Ballon d'Or stolen from him by Cristiano Ronaldo in 2013

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Cristiano Ronaldo and Lionel Messi have been regarded as the two best players in the world for almost a decade.

In fact, since 2008, no other player has come close to winning the Ballon d'Or, which is the award given to the player voted as the best on the planet.  

Barcelona's Messi has won the honour five times since picking up his first 10 years ago and the other five have been won by his Real Madrid rival Ronaldo. 

And in nine of the 10 times that one of those players won the Ballon d'Or, the other came close behind in second - the only time that didn't happen was in 2010 when Andres Iniesta came second to his Barca teammate. 

So it's fair to say the pair have dominated on an individual level. And that's unsurprising as they've both won multiple league titles, domestic cups and Champions League trophies with their clubs.

And although most fans agree that the pair's domination of the Ballon d'Or is fair, there's one player who believes he should have won the award, instead of Ronaldo, back in 2013. 

Bayern Munich's Franck Ribery has suggested that the Portuguese forward "stole" the honour from him five years ago, saying that it was "incomprehensible" that he didn't win it for his performances in Germany. 

The Frenchman led Bayern to the treble, winning the Bundesliga, DFB-Pokal and the Champions League. 

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Speaking to Canal Football Club, per Goal, Ribery revealed why he believes he should have won the Ballon d'Or in 2013.

“It was as if it was stolen from me. It’s incomprehensible," he said. "I won every trophy, I couldn’t have done more. It was an injustice.”

Not only did he fail to win the award that year, he didn't even finish second behind Ronaldo.


Instead, Ribery had to settle for being renowned as only the third best player in the world, even after his stellar season at Bayern. 

And he's given a reason as to why that was the case.

“I didn’t have my country behind me," he continued. "I saw it with my own eyes that the French said Cristiano should win. Did the Portuguese want it to be Ribery or Messi? Of course not." 


Despite not winning the Ballon d'Or, the now 34-year-old has gone on to win eight more major trophies since 2013, meaning he's had a very successful career regardless of the individual disappointment of that year. 

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