Entering his third World Cup in succession, Franck Ribery will be supported by a French side full of fine quality and he will be determined to outshine Ronaldo and Messi after missing out on the Ballon D’Or. Ribery’s eye for goal and ability to create chances for his team mates makes him the ideal candidate for individual match goal scorer and assist markets, as well as outright player of the tournament.
A former construction worker, Ribery began his football career at just six years old when he played for seven years in amateur club FC Conti de Boulogne-sur-Mer's youth side. He joined French side Lille's second division team, before being released in 1999 where he joined US Boulogne to play initially for the reserve team, moving to the senior team and scoring six goals in 28 league appearances.
Ribery briefly moved to Olympique Alès before establishing himself as a top player at Stade Brest during 35 league matches in which he scored three goals before moving to Metz - a club which saw him pick up UNFP Player of the Month in August 2004 during his 20 league appearances.
Ribery's move to Galatasaray netted his first silverware with the 2005 Turkish Cup triumph, in which he scored one of two club goals during the 5-1 dismantling of final opposition Fenerbahçe. A controversial scenario in which Ribéry argued that he had not been paid his wages by the club was won by the Frenchman as he left Galatasaray and moved to Marseille, claiming the 2005 UEFA Intertoto Cup during 91 appearances with the French side that also saw him net 19 goals.
In June 2007, a club-record €25 million deal was made by Bayern Munich to prise Ribery from Marseille to the Bundesliga, making 46 appearances, scoring 16 goals and producing 17 assists as Bayern won both the league and cup, Ribéry named French Player of the Year for the second year on the spin. Ribery went on to claim a trio of both Bundesliga and DFB-Pokal crowns in 2007–08, 2009–10 and 2012–13, scoring 92 goals by Christmas 2013 in over 250 appearances and part of the latter season's squad that completed a hat-trick which included victory in the UEFA Champions League at which the Frenchman was voted player of the tournament.
From 80 starts prior to 2014, Ribery has scored 16 goals at International level, including five during his 10 qualifying matches for the prestigious World Cup event this summer. 2014 will see Ribery enter his third World Cup in succession, part of France’s 2006 squad which reached the final after one goal against Spain from seven appearances, his trio of showings in South Africa 2010 ending without any goals to show.
Franck Ribery World Cup Betting Tips
Ribery’s most dangerous asset will be his playmaking ability and he is an obvious tip to provide assists as well as score first, last or anytime with France throughout the 2014 World Cup. In a French side full of goal scorers, Ribery is best left out of top tournament goalscorer bets but worth consideration for player of the tournament.