3: Franck Ribery
Though the French ace may not have done enough to beat Cristiano Ronaldo and Lionel Messi to the coveted Ballon d'Or this year, he's definitely proved one thing: there are other footballers out there who can give them a run for their money.
2013 has been a monumental year for Ribery, and one where he's certainly shook off the tag of being a perennial underachiever when it comes down to it.
Next year will present another chance for him to have a crack at the aforementioned elite pairing who have dominated the sport in recent years.... the question is, is he ultimately good enough to beat them?
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