Bayern Munich winger Franck Ribery has still a bitter taste after losing the Ballon d’Or 2013 title to Real Madrid winger Cristiano Ronaldo.
“I am not really sad but the result hurts the heart, especially for my family, my wife, my kids and Bayern,” the Frenchman told German daily Abendzeitung in Monday.
The 30-year-old player finished third in the World Player of the Year competition, after Ronaldo and Lionel Messi.
“Ronaldo has won nothing while I won five titles. I was proud of being among the three finalists but I deserved to win this Ballon d’Or,” he added.
Ribery helped Bayern to win the UEFA Champions League, UEFA Super Cup and the FIFA Club World Cup titles, as well as the local double — league and cup trophies.
The Real Madrid ace produced an outstanding individual performance that saw him score 69 goals in 2013.
Ribery wasn’t also happy with the selection of the World XI by FIFPro — the association of professional footballers — which only included three players from Bayern Munich.
“How is it possible that Bayern have only three players in the team while we won everything and created a new history?” he asked.