The Frenchman has shone in 2013 as the Bavarians stormed to a Bundesliga title win, lifted the DFB-Pokal and became European champions, and have began the current campaign under new coach Pep Guardiola in great fashion too. Ribery will find it hard to top Barcelona’s Messi and Real Madrid’s Ronaldo, but he is confident that his improvements over the past 12 months have earned him more credit over the more favoured Liga duo.
“I try not to think about the Ballon d’Or,” the 30-year-old told L’Equipe. “But my wife has already prepared the space above the fireplace in the living room. “I do get a lot of belief from her and all of Bayern. I do not know if I will win, however I think I deserve it. “Before I was a good player, now I think I’m the best.” Ribery is expected to participate in France’s World Cup play-off qualifiers with Ukraine on the next coming week, starting with the away leg on Friday