Nasri: Ribery deserves the Ballon d'Or

The Mancheste City midfielder thinks that his France international team-mate should end Lionel Messi's dominance of the most prestigious individual accolade in the game
Manchester City midfielder Samir Nasri believes that Franck Ribery should win the Ballon d'Or in light of his fine performances for Bayern Munich and France this year.

The 30-year-old guided the Bavarians to a historic treble last season with a string of fine displays, while he has developed into his country's undisputed star player as well after previously struggling to replicate his club form for the national team.

"Ribery has been accused of failing to show up for France but he carries the team these days. He would be great for any team," Nasri told reporters.

"He was already voted Uefa's Best Player in Europe and I really hope that he wins the Ballon d'Or as well. It would really be the crown on his career.

"I don't know Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo personally but I do know Franck. He has won everything he could win this year."

Argentine superstar Messi has won all three editions of the Fifa Ballon d'Or since the award's current format began in 2010.