The Bayern Munich ace voices his disappointment that he does not receive the same adulation as the star duo - even within his homeland - as he hopes to win the award
The 30-year-old winger is one of the main candidates to win the prestigious award following his successful 2012-13 campaign with treble winners Bayern Munich, yet he is under the impression that his compatriots would prefer to see one of the Primera Division stars triumph.
"Am I one of the outsiders for the Ballon d'Or? I could probably do with a bit more support," Ribery was quoted as saying by Le 10 Sport.
"I get the impression that the people in France seem to prefer Messi and Ronaldo and I really wonder why.
"I have been very strong in 2013, I was consistent all year and I won a lot of trophies. It would be a great honour for me, for my family and for my kids."
The 23-man shortlist for the Ballon d'Or will be reduced to three players in early December, with the winner to be announced on January 13.