Franck Ribery – The most decorated player in German football

Franck Ribery is leaving Bayern Munich at the end of the season after 12 years spent at the biggest football club in Germany.

French winger Franck Ribery has said goodbye to the Allianz Arena in an emotional game against Eintracht Frankfurt on Saturday.

He scored a goal on his last home appearance for Bayern Munich and won yet another Bundesliga title. It was his ninth in the competition, becoming the most decorated player in German football.

Franck Ribery was born on 7 April 1983 in Boulogne-sur-Mer, France. When he was two years old, he was involved in a car accident and suffered serious facial injuries that resulted in two long scars down the right side of his face, and another one across his brows.

His career in football began in 1989 when he joined the youth section of amateur club FC Conti de Boulogne-sur-Mer. Ribery joined Lille’s youth academy seven years later but returned to his hometown joining the biggest club in the city, US Boulogne where he made his professional debut in the third tier of French football.

The winger spent the first four years of his career playing in the Championnat, while his big break finally came in 2004 when he joined Ligue 1 side, Metz. He played only six months for his new club and spent the second part of the 2004-05 campaign in Turkey, representing Galatasaray.

Ribery won his first trophy with the Lions, noting a goal and assist in the 5-1 Turkish Cup Final win over fierce rivals Fenerbahce. He returned to France during the summer of 2005, joining Olympique de Marseille.

He played a fantastic debut season at Marseille, guiding the club to the Coupe de France Final. He scored 12 goals across all competitions and won the Ligue 1 Young Player of the Year award.

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The 23-year old at the time was rewarded for his excellent performances, getting his first call up for the French national team. He debuted in a friendly game against Mexico in May and got his name on the 23-man list for the upcoming FIFA World Cup.

Ribery was the most pleasant surprise of the competition, starting in five of the six games on the way to the Final. He started the final also, and played 100 minutes, as his substitute David Trezeguet was the man who missed for France in the penalty shootout, as Les Bleus lost 5-3 to the Italian national team.

The winger joined Bayern Munich in one year later and spent the next 12 years of his career at the Allianz Arena. At Bayern, Franck Ribery evolved into one of the best players in the world.

His best season came in 2012-13 when he guided the Bavarians to a Bundesliga, Champions League, and DFB-Pokal treble. The Frenchman was fantastic throughout the whole campaign, noting 11 goals and 23 assists across all competitions. He was named as the UEFA Best Player in Europe and finished third in the Ballon d’Or race, behind Leo Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo.

Ribery has found the net 124 times in 424 appearances for Bayern Munich. He has won 22 major trophies, including record-breaking nine Bundesliga titles, five DFB-Pokals, and his biggest success, as we already mentioned the 2013 UEFA Champions League.

He’ll have the chance to improve his record, as Bayern face RB Leipzig in the German Cup Final next Saturday, in what will be Franck Ribery’s final game for the Bavarians. His future is still undecided, but the 36-year old has already confirmed his intentions to continue playing next season.

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