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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

Affiliation

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 07 03 Retrieve

[Franck Ribery may have left Bayern Munich, but he is still extremely vocal about what the club should be doing in the transfer market this summer] Bayen need quality, you have to invest and upgrade! I very keenly follow what they are doing. With only Serge Gnabry and Kingsley Coman is it perhaps not enough to go into the new season. Both are good players, but constantly playing a top-level season is a new challenge - especially as both have always had problems with injuries. Bayern needs more wingers.

[The former Bayern man had some clear views on links with Manchester City’s Leroy Sane] Sane would be a player who could help Bayern to move forward. He’s skillful, can play on the right and left side, and I’m curious to see if he will really fancies the Bundesliga and will opt for Munich

[On his own next move] Maybe they [Bayern] will call me again, if there is no other solution. No, seriously: My chapter at Bayern as a player ended fantastically for me in May. I’ve had many good offers from Europe, but I also have to consider my family, my children. When you’ve been Bayern for so long and it’s your second home, moving away from here is not easy

2019 08 22 Retrieve

[Franck Ribery hopes to play on beyond the age of 40 after joining Fiorentina] We have had a very long negotiation, but I am very happy to be here in Florence. I saw great motivation and great confidence in me from the management, and that is why I am here. Naturally, my wife also helped in the choice, because my family is very important. I am very motivated, I always want to play. I have a two-year contract and I want to be decisive and help the young players. I want to give something new to this club, I want to bring Fiorentina into the top three of the table. I came here to help my team, which is Fiorentina. I am not here to be a rival to Ronaldo. Serie A is a great tournament with many excellent players. Inter bought well on the market, as did Juventus. The thing I appreciate the most is that people here love and live for football. It’s a wonderful experience and I want to enjoy myself on the field. 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.

[Fiorentina open the new Serie A season at home to Napoli on Saturday but Ribery is not expecting to be involved] I am not ready to start, but I am happy that I got to train with the squad today, which is very different to training by yourself. I need a week or two to be ready to play, but if the coach [Vincenzo Montella] tells me that I’m needed, I will step up

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 09 30 Retrieve

[Franck Ribery says he may be advancing in years but on the pitch he still feels young after putting on a masterclass in Fiorentina’s 3-1 win over AC Milan] I am happy, when you play at San Siro, it’s always special. It’s a huge arena, so many fans. It’s a bit difficult for Milan fans right now, but we put in a good performance and that’s important for us. Yes, I am old, but I feel young on the pitch. Football is my life, I love it. I was hungry when I came to Fiorentina and it excites me to see the team doing so well. I came to help Fiorentina, the players and the fans. I am happy, but I need to work every day, every week to play the way I did tonight

[Ribery’s mazy run was influential in winning the penalty from which Erick Pulgar opened the scoring and he linked brilliantly all game with Federico Chiesa, who himself helped set up Gaetano Castrovilli’s goal and had a spot-kick saved] Federico is a good player, I always talk to him and he listens. It’s important for him and for the team

2019 10 09 Retrieve

[Franck Ribery believes Bayern Munich have no need to try to prise Jadon Sancho away from Borussia Dortmund] Sancho is a good player, but Bayern have enough good players in this position - where should he play? There is Muller, Gnabry, Perisic, Coman, Coutinho, Lewandowski. There is a lot of competition. I hope Sancho confirms his good year, but there would be little room for him in the Bayern squad

[Gnabry has arguably done more than anyone to fill the void left by Ribery so far] Serge Gnabry is still young, but he has character, personality. He plays without fear. After his four goals against Tottenham, more is expected, but Serge is a man, not a machine. It’s not easy to show top performances in every game, but Serge will continue on his way without putting too much pressure [on himself]

[Ribery also feels the burgeoning alliance between star striker Lewandowski and on-loan Barcelona playmaker Coutinho will continue to yield handsome returns] Bayern can now play different variations and Coutinho is good for Robert Lewandowski. He always wants the ball; Coutinho takes responsibility and serves his team-mates - either the outside striker or just Lewy, who receives great passes

2019 10 14 Retrieve

[Franck Ribery says the affection he feels for Fiorentina has justified his decision to shun transfer interest from the Premier League] I had other contacts, in England and also in Italy, but there was a spark with the Fiorentina executives. When I agreed to come to Florence I couldn’t know that it would be love at first sight, but that’s how it has been since the evening of the presentation. That night was special and I will always carry it with me. Speaking with [sporting director Daniele] Prade and [consultant Joe] Barone, even with coach Montella, I felt warmth and confidence in me.

So my wife told me: ‘In my opinion you will go to Fiorentina’. I looked at her and replied: ‘Maybe you’re right’. Two weeks later, we were here and she says: ‘See? Look where we are’. She was right. I also talked a lot with Luca Toni who told me about the fans and the club. I am really very happy to have come to Florence

[The winger is delighted to see his strong performances recognised with the MVP award amid his bright start to life in Italy] I’m pleased because it is a good league, the whole world knows that. There are so many excellent teams like Juventus, Inter, AC Milan, Roma, Lazio. And people live for football. Even Napoli is now an important club

I don’t know. I haven’t thought about it yet. But two years could be possible. We hope to still be at Fiorentina. I came here because I’m hungry and I want to be able to win something. But the future cannot be foreseen

2019 10 18 Retrieve

[Ribery calls out FIFA 20 for his player’s poor graphics] Played FIFA 20 with my kids not long ago. Hey EA Sports…who is this guy?

[His decision to move to Italy wasn’t a straight forward one with Ribery recently revealing interest from England after parting ways with Bayern] I had other contacts, in England and also in Italy, but there was a spark with the Fiorentina executives. When I agreed to come to Florence I couldn’t know that it would be love at first sight, but that’s how it has been since the evening of the presentation. That night was special and I will always carry it with me.

Speaking with [sporting director] Daniele Prade and [consultant] Joe Barone, even with coach Montella, I felt warmth and confidence in me. So my wife told me: ‘In my opinion you will go to Fiorentina’. I looked at her and replied: ‘Maybe you’re right’. Two weeks later, we were here and she says: ‘See? Look where we are’. She was right. I also talked a lot with Luca Toni who told me about the fans and the club. I am really very happy to have come to Florence

2019 10 28 Retrieve

[Franck Ribery has been hit with a three-game ban for pushing assistant referee Matteo Passeri in Fiorentina’s 2-1 defeat to Lazio in Serie A on Sunday] 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

2019 12 01 Retrieve

[Ribery ankle ligament injury confirmed by Fiorentina] Ribery underwent tests after spraining his ankle. They revealed a Grade I/II tear of the medial collateral ligament of his right ankle. He has begun treatment and his condition will be re-assessed soon

2019 12 01b 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