Franck Ribery: Ronaldo didn't deserve the Ballon d'Or, he won nothing

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Bayern Munich ace Franck Ribery has hit out at the decision to hand Cristiano Ronaldo the Ballon d'Or, saying he deserved it because he won 'everything' with Bayern Munich, while the Portuguese superstar won 'nothing' last year.

Ronaldo scooped the prestigious prize - the second of his career - earlier this month ahead of both Ribery and Lionel Messi, who were also shortlisted.

Ribery was an early favourite for the award following his efforts to help Bayern Munich win a historic treble which included victory over rivals Borussia Dortmund in the Champions League final.

However voting was reopened following a low turnout, and Ronaldo's hat-trick in Portugal's play-off against Sweden which secured them a spot in the World Cup, was enough to sway the vote in his favour.

The Frenchman admits that he's 'hurt' that he missed out on the Ballon d'Or to Ronaldo, and claims that the decision to hand the award to the Real Madrid star was a politically motivated. 

"I won everything I could win with Bayern and individually. Ronaldo on the other hand did not win anything," he told AZ.

"I am not sad that I missed out, but it does hurt a bit. I deserved to win the Ballon d'Or.

"It was clear that Ronaldo would win it. The voting deadline was extended by two weeks. This had never happened before. It wasn't about football. It was a political decision."

Ronaldo previously won the Ballon d'Or back in 2008 while he was still with Manchester United. Since then however Lionel Messi has dominated proceedings, winning the award a record-breaking four times in a row.

Following his exploits with Bayern, Ribery scooped UEFA's Best Player in Europe award for 2013.

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