Franck Ribery floors Cristiano Ronaldo with brilliant tackle during Fiorentina vs Juventus

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Juventus dropped their first points of the season as they were held to a 0-0 draw against Fiorentina.

In truth, it was a fairly uneventful match with very few talking points.

However, there was one moment that has emerged from the encounter - and it involved two football legends.

Franck Ribery left Bayern Munich for Fiorentina in the summer and produced a decent performance for Viola during his 69 minutes on the pitch.

But 10 minutes before he was replaced, he showed everyone that he’s still got impressive pace.

He chased down 34-year-old Cristiano Ronaldo and sent him flying with a brilliant tackle.

It was great to see two footballing legends come together like that.

Ribery would have thoroughly enjoyed sending Ronaldo tumbling.

He’s regularly spoken of his frustration that the Portuguese beat him to the 2013 Ballon d’Or, calling it an ‘injustice.’

"It was a difficult period, it was incomprehensible," he said in a 2018 interview. "I had won every trophy, I couldn't have done more. For me, it was like a robbery, an injustice.

"I didn't have my whole country behind me. I saw with my own eyes French people who wanted Cristiano to win. Did the Portuguese want Ribery or Messi to win? Impossible. Do you think in Argentina they wanted Ribery or Ronaldo to win? Impossible."


Ribery eventually came third in the vote, behind Ronaldo and Lionel Messi.

While Ronaldo beat Ribery to the 2013 Ballon d'Or, Ribery had a better performance than Ronaldo at the weekend.

Well, that's according to Fiorentina owner Rocco Commisso.

“Did you see Ribery at the age of 36? He played better than Cristiano Ronaldo!" he said.

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