Bayern Munich winger Franck Ribery has slammed the outcome of the 2013 FIFA Ballon d'Or ceremony - as he pointed that the Real Madrid forward Cristiano Ronaldo did not deserve the award, since he did not win any trophy last year.
The France international initially reacted professionally after last week's FIFA gala in Zurich as he had to settle for third spot, behind Ronaldo and Lionel Messi, stating that the prestigious individual award was not one of his goals.
However, the Frenchman has now voiced his frustration as he stated that he should have won the award following his successful 2013 season with the Bavarians.
"I won everything I could win with Bayern and individually. Ronaldo on the other hand did not win anything," Ribery 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."
The 30-year-old also went on to criticise the FIFPro World XI as just three Bayern players made the cut and no player from Borussia Dortmund was listed.
"There are only three Bayern players in there. That's madness," he added. "[Thomas] Muller deserves to be there, and so do [David] Alaba, [Bastian] Schweinsteiger and [Arjen] Robben. We won five titles and made history.
"And then there's the absence of Borussia Dortmund players... Where are [Mario] Gotze and [Robert] Lewandowski? This is impossible."
Perhaps, FIFA were being unfair to BVB stars after their impressive show last season - where they finish second place in the UEFA Champions League and particularly for Lewandowski's show against Madrid.
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