France superstar Franck Ribery is one of the most sought-after footballers in the world. As rumours continue to circulate about the Bayern Munich player's future, the skilful winger finds himself the centre of media attention on a constant basis.
Ribery in even greater demand out on the pitch, with Bayern on course for a domestic double and Inter Milan waiting in the UEFA Champions League final. And that is not to mention 2010 FIFA World Cup South Africa™, where the 27-year-old is hoping to challenge for football's biggest prize. Despite his busy schedule, the diminutive No7 took the time to answer questions posed to him by FIFA.com users.
german2010: Bayern Munich are the team to beat in the Bundesliga, but how do you see the club's chances in the Champions League? Also, what can you achieve with Bayern in the future?
Franck Ribery: It's true that Bayern Munich is the biggest club in Germany and that we have the strongest squad. I think we have a team capable of winning the Champions League this year.
googlesu: Is there goal you've scored which you remember in particular?
One goal that has stayed with me was in the quarter-finals of the German Cup during the 2007/08 season. It was the last minute of extra time, and I scored a penalty against our local rivals 1860 Munich to win the tie. We went on to win the cup that year.
Of course there are teams you dream of playing for, like Real Madrid or Barcelona. I'd like to play with Xavi. He's a very good player who directs and organises his team, and his passing is superb.
toutenkhagoa: Which club would you say has helped you the most in terms of becoming the player you are today?
I've been happy with all the clubs I've played for, they've always treated me well. They've all done everything they can for me - the same goes for Bayern at the moment and Marseille and Brest before that.
FooooFa: Who do you think is the best player in the world at the moment and who would you most like to play with? Also, do you have a dream club?
At the moment I think Lionel Messi is the world's best player. I'd like to play with Xavi. He's a very good player who directs and organises his team, and his passing is superb. He's in incredible form at the moment. Of course there are teams you dream of playing for, like Real Madrid or Barcelona.
Slovensko: You're a very versatile player who can operate anywhere across the midfield or up front. What is your preferred position?
I wouldn't like to say. I'm a player who likes to have freedom out on the pitch, especially in attack. I need to have freedom because I run and move around a lot. I think I prefer coming from the left-hand side.
Abado89: How far can France go at the World Cup?
I'm expecting us to have a very good World Cup because it's very important for France to perform well. It's imperative for us to get past the group stage and then hopefully we can make the Final.
ahmed_201096: Who's your favourite to win the World Cup and why?
Obviously I hope it's us who win the World Cup in South Africa. We have a very good team who are more than capable. There are several other teams who are just as good, though, and at the moment I think England and Spain are both very strong.
egyptman10: What's it like playing at a World Cup?
The World Cup is the biggest event in any player's career. They are very special matches in a very special tournament. It's just a wonderful experience with plenty of exciting games. 2006 was fantastic. We made it to the Final but unfortunately we lost on penalties.
igui87: Who is/was the best French player ever and why?
It has to be Zinedine Zidane. He was a great player but also a great person. He was a player who had a lot of trust in his team-mates and he always spoke to them a lot. When he was on the ball, he was like a magician, he could do some wonderful things.
Arcegallup: A lot of experts are saying that you are Zidane's successor. What do you make of that suggestion?
I don't know if I'm his successor, but if people think that then it makes me very proud and obviously I'm flattered. Zizou was a great player and a wonderful person. I try to do my best out on the pitch and to be as friendly to people as possible.
We have a very good team who are more than capable. There are several other teams who are just as good, though, and at the moment I think England and Spain are both very strong.
Dimidergriec: Who was your football idol when you were younger?
When I was little, my idol was Jean-Pierre Papin. He was always calm in front of goal and scored a lot.
Luigijav: What have been the best/worst moments of your career so far?
The worst moment of my career would have to be the first six months of this season when I was out with a knee injury. It was very hard for me and it's been my most difficult season to date. The best moment would have to be the 3-1 victory over Spain at the 2006 World Cup. I scored a goal and we beat a very strong team that day.
Tomcat1987: Has there been a defender who you've found particularly difficult to play against?
I can't remember to be honest. I don't think there has been anyone in particular.
Of all the users who posed questions to Franck Ribery, one can look forward to a fantastic prize: Arcegallup from Mexico wins a Bayern Munich kit signed by the French midfielder himself for his question: A lot of experts are saying that you are Zinedine Zidane's successor. What do you make of that suggestion?
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