Bayern Munich forward Franck Ribery joined Real Madrid’s Cristiano Ronaldo and four-time winner Lionel Messi of Barcelona as a finalist for Ballon d’Or, which is awarded FIFA to the soccer player of the year.
Bayern Munich, which lost 2-0 to Inter Milan in yesterday’s Champions League final, said winger Franck Ribery signed a contract extension to keep him at the German league and cup soccer champion until June 2015.
Franck Ribery’s appeal of his three- game suspension will be decided before Bayern Munich’s May 22 Champions League final against Inter Milan, the Court of Arbitration for Sport said today in an e-mailed statement.
French soccer players Franck Ribery and Karim Benzema should not be selected for the national team as long as they are under investigation in a prostitution affair, the expected future director of the French Football Federation said.
Bayern Munich players dominated FIFA’s 2013 Ballon d’Or award shortlist, which included Lionel Messi as the Barcelona and Argentina forward bids to be crowned soccer’s best player for a record-extending fifth straight time.