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Cristiano Ronaldo may have brushed off the importance of the Ballon d'Or but Bayern Munich midfielder Franck Ribery is "keeping his fingers crossed" having been named amongst the three finalists.

Real Madrid forward Ronaldo recently said winning theBallon d'Or was not a "priority" despite being installed as favourite for the award following the controversial decision to extend the voting deadline.

However Ribery, who was previously tipped to win the award prior to the voting deadline extension is hoping to be named the winner, while insisting he is honoured to have been named on the final shortlist.

"It's good for me to be named in the three, but we'll have to see, I'll keep my fingers crossed," he said after Bayern's 3-2 defeat to Manchester City with Argentina's Lionel Messi and Ronaldo the others named.

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"I'm happy, happy for me, for the club, for my whole family.

"But I am a little bit sad for (Zlatan Ibrahimovic) because he's still a great player and he has done great things with Paris Saint-Germain."

Ribery, Ronaldo and Messi must wait until January 13 when the winner of the 2013 Ballon d'Or will be named in Zurich.

The Frenchman is hoping to win it for the first time, while Messi has won the Ballon d'Or four times and Ronaldo was the 2008 winner.

City defeat a surprise

Ribery admitted he was surprised by the Champions League defeat to City, who came back from two-goals down to inflict Bayern's first defeat at home in 19 games since losing to Arsenal in March. It was coach Pep Guardiola's first defeat in major competition.

"I don't know what happened, we played well in the first 20 minutes, we pressed well and we were aggressive, but maybe after that we thought it was too easy," said Ribery as Bayern progressed to the last 16 as group winners.

"We have to correct that quickly and it starts with Hamburg on Saturday in the Bundesliga."

Ribery, who was on Tuesday voted France's player of the year, was a key part in Bayern becoming the first German team to win the treble of European, league and cup titles last season.

In August, he was voted European player of the year, ahead of Messi. France have been drawn alongside Switzerland, Ecuador and Honduras in Group E for next year's World Cup in Brazil, Ribery said the French must build on their impressive 3-0 win against Ukraine in the play-off.

"(The draw) could have been worse, but we should not take this group lightly," he said. "We need to play like we did recently against Ukraine at the Stade de France."

 

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