Henry backs Ribery for Ballon d'Or

The France and Arsenal legend is backing his compatriot to pick up the 2013 prize, even though he concedes he has "never seen anything" like former teammate Lionel Messi.
Former Arsenal and Barcelona star Thierry Henry is hoping for Bayern Munich winger Franck Ribery to win the Ballon d'Or this year.

The New York Red Bulls striker, who has been training with the Gunners during the MLS offseason, has stated that he would love for his compatriot to win the award Jan. 13 due to the less selfish nature of his remarkable run of performances for club and country in 2013.

"Ribery is a great player, a different kind of player." Henry told Sky Sports. "He prefers to create goals than score them. He's the kind of player you want to play alongside. Obviously, I'd like him to win."

Ribery faces stern competition from Liga stars Cristiano Ronaldo and Lionel Messi, the current holder, with the former having set a Champions League scoring record midweek with his ninth goal of the group stage.

Henry believes talk over Ronaldo's attitude can sometimes obscure the appreciation of his ability, stating: "There's always debate surrounding Ronaldo, his attitude and all that. However, there comes a time when you have to stop talking about his attitude, look at his stats and at what he's doing. Stop talking and simply watch him play."

Despite Ronaldo's sensational form in the first half of the season, Henry believes former Barca teammate Messi remains at the summit of the game, claiming he was always left astounded by the Argentine's performances on the training pitch.

"Even in training he always wants to win," Henry said. "He doesn't complain when he's fouled. He asks for the ball, goes around anyone and scores. He collects the ball right in front of you, wherever you are and scores again. I'd never seen anything like it before."