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Bayern Munich sporting director Matthias Sammer insisted that the Bavarian club's French winger Franck Ribery deserves to win the Ballon d'Or having been "the most complete player" in 2013.
BERLIN: Bayern Munich sporting director Matthias Sammer on Friday insisted that the Bavarian club's French winger Franck Ribery deserves to win the Ballon d'Or having been "the most complete player" in 2013.
"I think that only he can win. And if he does so, he will be at the summit of Mount Olympus," said Sammer from Bayern's winter training camp in Doha, Qatar.
"If he doesn't win, he will have to wait for next year," added Sammer, who won the award himself back in 1996.
Ribery is part of a three-man shortlist along with Real Madrid and Portugal forward Cristiano Ronaldo, the favourite having scored 69 goals in 2013, and Barcelona and Argentina's Lionel Messi, who has won the award in the last four years.
Now 30, the French international was part of a Bayern side that won five trophies in 2013 - Champions League, Bundesliga, German Cup, European Super Cup and Club World Cup.
"We are pleased that he plays for us and we hope that he becomes the first Bayern player to be named the best player in the world," added Bayern chief executive Karl-Heinz Rummenigge.
The winner will be announced at a gala event in Zurich, Switzerland on Monday.