FIFA’s Technical Study Group has named Franck Ribery as Player of the Tournament at the FIFA Club World Cup Morocco 2013. The French international delivered two excellent performances for FC Bayern Munchen, including a fine goal in his team’s 3-0 semi-final win over Guangzhou Evergrande FC, and has as such been honoured with the adidas Golden Ball, as well as the TOYOTA Award. FIFA.com recaps all the individual prizes in full:
adidas Golden Ball and TOYOTA Award: Franck Ribery (FC Bayern Munchen)
Whenever the explosive Frenchman was in possession, the crowds in Morocco held their collective breath. Ribery left spectators stunned with his lightning-quick dribbling and darting forward runs, continuing the remarkable form he has produced throughout 2013. The FIFA Ballon d’Or candidate not only created countless goalscoring opportunities for his team-mates but also set Bayern on their way to victory over Guangzhou Evergrande FC in the semi-final, his powerful volley opening the scoring against the Chinese outfit. Being honoured with the adidas Golden Ball and the TOYOTA Award crown a memorable year for the 30-year-old who, as well as winning the Club World Cup itself, will go down as this edition's standout performer.
adidas Silver Ball: Philipp Lahm (FC Bayern Munchen)
Bayern’s captain was also the man that orchestrated their triumph from his position of defensive midfield. Constantly driving his team on, Lahm won tackle after tackle and was the source from which so many of the Bavarians’ dangerous attacks stemmed. The 30-year-old proved himself yet again to be a born leader with two typically flawless performances, and showed his ability to exploit any spaces in opponents' defences with his clever use of the ball. The adidas Silver Ball is a fitting reward for his excellent displays.
adidas Bronze Ball: Mouhssine Iajour (Raja Casablanca)
The Moroccan league champions may have fallen at the final hurdle and missed out on a sensational victory, but they will have won many admirers in this tournament, particularly striker Mouhssine Iajour. The 28-year-old shone in all four of his club’s matches, demonstrating an impressive eye for goal but also an extraordinary work ethic. His tireless running made him a thorn in the side of opposition defences throughout and his two goals played a major part in Raja reaching the final. The adidas Bronze Ball is certainly far more than a mere consolation prize for the hard-working leader of Raja’s attack.
FIFA Fair Play award: FC Bayern Munchen
Pep Guardiola’s Bayern not only ended up as the most successful team at Morocco 2013: they were also the fairest competitor as well. The reigning UEFA Champions League winners did not receive a single yellow card in their two games, and the award makes it a triumphant week all around for Germany’s most decorated club.