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Bayern's Ribery wins UEFA best player award

Last updated on: August 30, 2013 00:18 IST

Franck RiberyBayern Munich winger Franck Ribery won the UEFA Best Player in Europe award for 2012/13 ahead of the usual contenders Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo.

It was recognition for his part in Bayern's unprecedented Champions League, Bundesliga and German Cup treble.

The Frenchman was the first player from a club other than Barcelona or Real Madrid to make the final three since the award was established by European soccer's governing body in 2011.

Argentina's Messi won the inaugural award followed by Spaniard Andres Iniesta, his Barcelona team mate, last year.

Messi and Real Madrid's Portugal forward Ronaldo had also both made the last three in each of the two previous years.

Image: Franck Ribery

Photograph: Jean Pierre Amet/Reuters

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