Deschamps: Ribery should win Ballon d'Or

The France coach believes it would be a “huge disappointment” for the Bayern Munich star to miss out on the prize after his exploits in 2013

Franck Ribery has been the best player in 2013 and fully deserves to win the Ballon d’Or, according to France coach Didier Deschamps.

The Bayern Munich star is one of the main contenders for this year’s prize after inspiring die Roten to a historic treble last season before helping les Bleus secure a memorable World Cup play-off win over Ukraine.

While Deschamps acknowledges there are several worthy candidates for the award this year, he is adamant it would be “a huge disappointment” were Ribery not to win.

“There are other great players, of course, but in 2013, the best is Ribery,” the 45-year-old told L’Equipe. “He is the only player who meets all the criteria to win.

“He was decisive with France and with Bayern… If he were not to win, it would be a huge disappointment for him.”

The 30-year-old is currently recovering from a rib injury sustained during France’s second-leg clash with Ukraine.

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