Congratulations, Franck Ribery!
After winning the treble with Bayern Munich and being voted the Bundesliga’s player of the year, the 30-year-old French winger capped his amazing 2012/13 season by winning UEFA’s Best Player in Europe award.
While many wondered why Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo were beaten by Ribery, who scored 43 and 38 less goals last season than the two La Liga scoring machines respectively, Bayern’s incredible team accomplishments — and Ribery’s large role in them — ultimately proved the difference in the voting.
His Bayern teammates were understandably ecstatic. David Alaba posted this on his Instagram just moments after the announcement, with the caption: “Congratulations Franck, you really deserved it!”