Champions League - Ribery beats Messi and Ronaldo to UEFA prize

Bayern Munich's Franck Ribery has won UEFA's Best Player in Europe award for 2012/13, ahead of Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo.

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The Frenchman was rewarded for an exceptional campaign in which he played a leading role as Bayern claimed a treble of Bundesliga, German Cup and Champions League.

He was elected by a panel of journalists, who voted live at the Champions League draw in Monte Carlo.

Ribery got the nod ahead of four-times Ballon d'Or winner Messi, who paid the price for Barcelona's 7-0 Champions League semi-final pummelling at Bayern's hands.

Perhaps in a sign that he was unlikely to triumph, Real Madrid star Ronaldo chose not to attend the ceremony.

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