Bayern`s Ribery wins UEFA best player award

Updated: Aug 30, 2013, 08:28 AM IST

Monte Carlo: Bayern Munich winger Franck Ribery won the UEFA Best Player in Europe award for 2012/13 ahead of the usual contenders Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo.

It was recognition for his part in Bayern`s unprecedented Champions League, Bundesliga and German Cup treble.

The Frenchman was the first player from a club other than Barcelona or Real Madrid to make the final three since the award was established by European soccer`s governing body in 2011.

Argentina`s Messi won the inaugural award followed by Spaniard Andres Iniesta, his Barcelona team mate, last year.

Messi and Real Madrid`s Portugal forward Ronaldo had also both made the last three in each of the two previous years.