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The attacker believes that the number of Roten nominees shows that they have the upper hand but played down Germany's World Cup favourite status

Thomas Muller believes there is nothing standing in the way of a Bayern Munich player winning the Ballon d'Or this year.

Six of the Bavarians' stars have been nominated in the long list after their treble-winning 2012-13 season: Arjen Robben, Franck Ribery, Bastian Schweinsteiger, Philipp Lahm, Manuel Neuer and Muller himself.

Real Madrid's Cristiano Ronaldo remains the favourite, but the Germany international feels his side's treble shows that his team-mates are contenders.

"It is no coincidence that there are six Bayern nominees," the 24-year-old told Fifa.com. "This means we have been well assessed and awarded the nominations based on our performances in the last year.

"Nothing stands in the way of a Bayern player [winning]."

The Club World Cup kicks off on December 11 in Morocco and Muller tipped Ribery to continue his devestating form this term.

"Franck wants to make his mark with aplomb every game and, with his class, he succeeds very often," the attacker added. "So I think that it will be the case in Morocco as well."

Looking further into the future, Muller has played down suggestions that Germany are outright favourites for the World Cup next summer but insists that Joachim Low's men are not afraid of any side.

"Germany are certainly one of the favourites, perhaps consisting of three, four, or five teams, but football is always a bit hit-and-miss," the World Cup 2010 Golden Boot winner continued. "Therefore, any prediction is difficult.

"We want to get the title of course, but there is never a guarantee. There's no one we would like to delay meeting though - we can beat any team."

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