Sour grapes or a fair argument?
Franck Ribery has criticised the 'political decision' which saw Ronaldo win the Ballon d'Or last week. Needless to say the Frenchman feels he deserved to win the award instead.
Goal.com reports that Ribery said 'I won everything I could win with Bayern and individually. Ronaldo on the other hand did not win anything.' He added 'I am not sad that I missed out, but it does hurt a bit. I deserved to win the Ballon d'Or.'
The Bayern winger took umbrage to the decision to extend the voting deadline until after the European World Cup qualifying play-offs as well:
'It was clear that Ronaldo would win it. The voting deadline was extended by two weeks. This had never happened before. It wasn't about football. It was a political decision.'
This is a theory I can't accept, given that Gary Doherty scored for Wycombe Wanderers in the FA Cup on the same night Ronaldo scored that hat-trick for Portugal, and it had no affect on the amount of Ballon d'Or votes he got in the end.
Besides, it's hardly 'political' that Ronaldo went and scored said hat-trick?
Furthermore, Ribery was upset at the FIFA World XI:
'There are only three Bayern players in there. That's madness. [Thomas] Muller deserves to be there, and so do [David] Alaba, [Bastian] Schweinsteiger and [Arjen] Robben. We won five titles and made history.
'And then there's the absence of Borussia Dortmund players... Where are [Mario] Gotze and [Robert] Lewandowski? This is impossible.'