France boss Didier Deschamps believes that Franck Ribery deserves to win the 2013 Ballon d'Or.
The 30-year-old winger played a key role in Bayern Munich winning the Bundesliga, the DFB-Pokal and the Champions League last season and his national team coach feels that such success should not go unrecognised.
"I think Ribery deserves the Ballon d'Or for his performances, his season, and the titles he has won," the former Juventus midfielder told RMC.
"He is a player who can claim the Ballon d'Or in the same way as Cristiano Ronaldo and Lionel Messi.
"Franck won three titles with Bayern Munich. Few people win as many trophies in a season."
Zinedine Zidane was the last Frenchman to lift the prestigious individual honour, in 1998, on the back of the attacking midfielder's World Cup-winning heroics with les Bleus.