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Henry: Ribery for Ballon d'Or

Former Arsenal striker Thierry Henry is backing Franck Ribery to collect the Ballon D'or as the world's best player next month.

Last Updated: 15/12/13 at 11:31 Post Comment

Franck Ribery: In contention for the the Ballon D'or

Franck Ribery: In contention for the the Ballon D'or

Bayern Munich playmaker Ribery has been overlooked as a contender in some places owing to the belief that the award will be a two-man shoot-out between Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo.

Ribery makes up the three-man shortlist as a Bundesliga and Champions League winner, though, and fellow Frenchman Henry believes he is worthy of taking the prize.

"Ribery is a great player, a different kind of player," said Henry, Arsenal's record all-time goalscorer and a World Cup winner with France.

"Franck is the kind of player you want to play with and obviously I would like him to win."

Henry has played with Messi and is also a fan of Ronaldo, and has spoken this week of the merits of either of them winning the award.

He insists, though, that despite that, he is not backing against his own man to take the prize on January 13.

"It's a shame to see that what I have said about the Ballon D'or has not been reported properly in France, but it goes without saying how much I would support Franck, my compatriot, to win," said the 36-year-old.

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terling needs to be told though that upon entering the Arsenal squad he will re-enact the final scene from Highlander where he will be thrown around a warehouse by cartoon dragons and then be a mere mortal that will only ever spend three to four weeks a season playing football and the rest on the physio's bed. There can be only one.....player available at The Emirates.

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he game changed in our favour when Carrick came on. We were able to play further up the pitch due to having a player who can give and go with the ball and keep possession. Yet barkley made some runs and Townsend scored a good goal but carrick's inclusion and chiellini's withdrawal made the biggest difference to the flow of the game

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o, you've not silenced anyone Andros, i'm afraid. We know you can score a great goal, and it's really handy to have your direct running and willingness to shoot on the bench. But until you can do the other things expected of a winger (beat the man, put a decent cross in, stay wide etc) then you can't expect more than a regular cameo. Wonderful goal though, what a hit! No wonder Buffon wanted the shirt.

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