Franck Ribéry has been named UEFA Best Player in Europe 2012/13 during the 2013-14 UEFA Champions League group stage draw ceremony at the Grimaldi Forum in Monaco moments ago.
Ribéry was able to overcome fellow nominees Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo in the final voting conducted during the UEFA Champions League group stage draw ceremony hosted by Melanie Winiger and Pedro Pinto.
UEFA President Michel Platini gave away the award to the Ribéry in front of the audience from the football business and media.
The three nominated players received the most points overall from the 2nd round of voting. The jury of journalists from each of UEFA’s member associations casted their live votes in Monaco using an electronic system to determine the outright winner from the three candidates.
This season marked the 3rd edition of the award, which was born of an initiative by UEFA President Michel Platini, in partnership with the European Sports Media (ESM) group.