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Name Franck Ribery
Gender Male
Ethnic French
Job French Footballer
Desc Franck Ribery was born on 7 April 1983. He converted to Islam in the year 2002 by the influence of his wife Wahiba who is of Algerian descent. He added the name Bilal after the conversion


Org France National Team
Club as Player Fiorentina
  Bayern Munich

2013 08 24 Retrieve

[Franck Ribery on whether he, Lionel Messi or Cristiano should win the UEFA Best Player in Europe award for 2012/13] My level was at the very top all season long and I won everything that could be won. There are compelling arguments [in my favour]. Messi and Cristiano scored more goals than me, but I took the treble and, in these awards, titles are always important

2013 12 31 Retrieve

[Bayern Munich star and Ballon d’Or contender Franck Ribery gives thanks to the game] Without football, I would have been poor and probably unemployed

2014 08 16 Retrieve

[Franck Ribery, explaining his decision to retire from international football] I lived so much. Now is time to move forward and we have seen at the World Cup there is no trouble for the future of French team. Do not worry

2015 01 24 Retrieve

[Franck Ribery on the FIFA Ballon d’Or] So long as Ronaldo and Messi are around, the third player who gets nominated should realise that he does not stand a chance

2015 01 31 Retrieve

[Franck Ribery on Pep Guardiola] He is without a doubt the best coach I have ever had. I have never met a trainer who knows so much about the game. The level of detail he can go into… We learned a lot in his first season here and things are going even better now we fully understand him

2015 03 07 Retrieve

[Franck Ribery on David Alaba] You cannot take free-kicks any better than Alaba does. His efforts are just crazy

2015 04 11 Retrieve

[Franck Ribery on when Real Madrid try to sign him] Real tried, they wanted me. I had intensive talks with Uli Hoeness, who was still president back then, and chairman Karl-Heinz Rummenigge. They told me I should not go, how the club needed me, how I was as important for Bayern as Lionel Messi was for Barcelona

2016 08 09 Retrieve

[Christianity to Islam] Religion is my personal thing. I am a believer and since I converted to Islam, I think, I became stronger, I became mentally and physically stronger. Religion did not change my personality or my perception of the world. I pray five times a day, I do it because it enables me to be released and I feel better afterwards

2016 09 09 Retrieve

[Bayern Munich winger Franck Ribery says UEFA Champions League is the title he desires most to win with Bayern Munich] We want to win everything. If I had to decide between Bundesliga and Champions League, I would choose the Champions League because it’s a bit more special, even if the Bundesliga is a great thing. I hope we will win all the titles this season

2016 10 15 Retrieve

[Franck Ribery speaks about fellow countryman Antoine Griezmann and his potential] Griezmann did a great job last season. But you have to consistently show performances like that if you want to be world class. People are so quick to say someone is a fantastic player and deserves to win the Ballon d’Or after just one good year. I disagree with that. For me, you have to prove yourself over ten, 12 or 15 years if you want to be among the best. Do that and then I will congratulate you. I might have been out for nine months or so due to injury, but I have almost always been playing at the highest level over the past ten years or so

2017 03 18 Retrieve

[Franck Ribery explains why he believes Bayern Munich team-mate Robert Lewandowski is the currently best player in world football] Lewandowski is incredible. I have played with great forwards here. Luca Toni was magnificent, later Gomez and Klose. But Robert is probably the most complete of all

2019 08 24 Retrieve

[Fiorentina’s new signing Franck Ribery speaks at his official press conference] Football is my life. It’s the reason I wanted to remain in Europe and I was fortunate to find Fiorentina. I hope to continue playing until the age of 40, just like Francesco Totti

2019 12 01 Retrieve

[Ribery served a three-game suspension for shoving an official when he was sent off against Lazio in late-October, for which he apologised the following day] I’m really sorry for last night. I apologise to my team-mates, the coach and the fans. I also apologise to Mr Passeri because at the end of the match I was very agitated and sad, and I hope he can understand my mood. I always want to stay on the pitch and help my team-mates because I came all the way to Florence for this city and this club, and I think Fiorentina should get more attention, the same attention given to the other clubs, for the great work we’re doing every day