Today, bundesliga.com salutes an impressive statistic from the FC Bayern München captain, heads to France to hear who Didier Deschamps voted for in the FIFA Ballon d'Or, and checks in with some of the many Frankfurt fans in Bordeaux.
Franck Ribery's FIFA Ballon d'Or candidacy has received some considerable backing in the shape of French national team coach Didier Deschamps. "Obviously there are other good players, but in 2013 Ribery has been the best," explained the 1998 FIFA World Cup winner to French sports daily L'Equipe. Deschamps believes the Bayern winger is the only candidate to have fulfilled all the criteria for picking up the award, including winning trophies. "He's been decisive with both Bayern and the French national team. His influence on a match, his number of goals and assists prove that. He won four trophies in club football, was the Bundesliga's best player and was voted the best player in Europe."
Bayern's 3-1 victory over PFC CSKA Moskva in a snowy Russian capital was, remarkably, their tenth UEFA Champions League win in succession - a new record. For captain Philipp Lahm, however, it was somewhat bittersweet. He left the field in the 26th minute with a thigh complaint and was replaced moments later in midfield by Thiago Alcantara, a substitution which marked the first time in his eleven-year Bayern career that he had been brought off before half-time. Upon the team's return to Munich on Thursday morning, it was revealed he will miss the next two games against Eintracht Braunschweig in the league and FC Augsburg in the DFB Cup.
The Bundesliga's fans are rightly recognised the world over as outstandingly passionate, supporting their clubs through thick and thin. Here's an inside look at how good they are, courtesy of the official Bundesliga YouTube channel: