Franck Ribery has revealed that his wife has already cleared a space in the living room for the 2013 Ballon d’Or, as he admits: “I am the best.”
The Bayern Munich man is seen as one of the favourites to take the annual award co-run by FIFA and France Football magazine.
Whilst believed to be in contention with Cristiano Ronaldo and Lionel Messi, with the Argentine looking for a fifth consecutive success at the FIFA Gala in January, Ribery has revealed that his wife is confident he will win.
“Under the fireplace in the living room. My wife has already prepared a place for it go, everything,” considered the player to L’Equipe this week.
“I try not to think about it, but she is thinking about it a lot. At Bayern everyone believes that I will win.
“[If I am favourite] then it is for the what I have done in the field, what I have done to return to my best, to be professional every day and for the trophies that I have won.
“Before this year I was very good. Now I am the best.”
Ribery is in action this coming week with France in a bid to overcome Ukraine in a two-legged play-off for one of the remaining places at the World Cup next summer.
“I’m really at the top. I really think this is my year. This is why I hope that everything will be alright with the France team.
“I feel there is a lot of pressure on me. There are more and more cameras on me and more and more attention on what I do on the field. It is not obvious, but anyway, this pressure is something that I have always had. I try to play in the way I now how.”
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