#TBT Sports Blog: French FIFA Star Franck “Scarface” Ribery

FIFA football star Franck RiberyToday’s #TBT sports blog focuses on FIFA star Franck Ribery.

The former French National Team striker earned his nickname Scarface from the noticeable facial scars he suffered in a car accident as a child.

For years, Ribery has displayed frightening speed, chilling patience and a punishing style to scare his opposition on the soccer pitch.

The current Bayern Munich star’s facial scars have caused many to compare him to actor Al Pacino’s frightening character Tony Montana from the Scarface movie.

At 5’7”and 158 lbs. this Frenchman may look like a back yard brawler. But, his overall game is beautiful on the soccer field.

Franck Ribery Once Called “Jewel of French Football”

Legendary French midfielder Zinedine Zidane once called Ribery, “the jewel of French football.”

Ribery made his start on the European football scene in 2004 in France’s Ligue 1 with FC Metz. Then, he quickly emerged as a star for Marseille. This fast, tricky and fearless left wing twice became France’s Player of the Year in 2007 and then again in 2008.

Named to the French National Team in 2006, Scarface represented his country in both the 2006 and 2010 World Cups. He has earned 60 caps and scored 10 goals for France.

One of European football’s top overall players, Ribery signed with Bundesliga powerhouse Bayern Munich in 2008.

While with the German club, Ribery’s outstanding play has been key in Bayern Munich’s success. The club advanced to the UEFA Champions League game in both 2010 and 2012 where Bayern finished as runner-up on both occasions.

However, in 2013 Ribery’s resilient Bayern-Munich club defeated its Bundeliga rival Borussia Dortmund to win the Frenchman’s first UEFA Champions League title.

Scarface’s Bayern Munich career has been slowed by nagging ankle and knee injuries. In spite of these problems, as of this writing Ribery has appeared in 223 games. He’s found the back of the net 73 times and earned the German Footballer of the Year Award in 2008.

Many football fans focus on the scars lining Franck Ribery’s face.

But, soccer Scarface’s energy, incredible pace and overall beautiful skill on the pitch have made him a sort of movie star like Al Pacino’s chilling character.

Not on the big screen, but in international football.

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