Franck Ribery named European player of the season ahead of Lionel Messi, Cristiano Ronaldo

The 74-times capped Franck Ribery was an essential cog in Bayern's charge to last season's historic treble of the Champions League crown, the Bundesliga title and the German Cup.

updated: August 30, 2013 11:37 IST
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Monaco: Bayern Munich's French winger Franck Ribery on Thursday won the award for European player of the 2012/13 season.

The France international becomes the third player to win the award, the two previous winners being Barcelona duo Lionel Messi (2011) and Andres Iniesta (2012).

Ribery won the award this time around ahead of Messi and Real Madrid's Portugal striker Cristiano Ronaldo.

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