Ribery beats Pogba & Matuidi to French Player of the Year award

The 30-year-old has scooped the prestigious individual award for the third time in his career and only needs two more to equal France legend Thierry Henry's record haul
Bayern Munich star Franck Ribery has been voted France Football's French Player of the Year ahead of Juventus midfielder Paul Pogba and Paris Saint-Germain's Blaise Matuidi.

The 30-year-old winger had previously won the individual award in 2007 and 2008 and his stellar performances during his club's treble-winning campaign have now seen him scoop up the trophy for a third time.

The France international needs to be named French Player of the Year twice more to equal record-holder Thierry Henry and he's keen to emulate the former Arsenal star.

"I know that Henry has won the award five times and it's a great honour to follow in his footsteps. Thierry is one of France's all-time greats. He now knows that I'm gunning for his record," Ribery commented.

Ribery is also one of the three remaining candidates to win the Fifa Ballon d'Or, with Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo as the other two contenders.