Ribery relishing special day

18 May 2012 07:47

Franck Ribery ranks Saturday's Champions League final against Chelsea alongside the 2006 World Cup final as one of the biggest games of his life.

The France international was on the losing side in Berlin's Olympic Stadium six years ago when Italy were crowned World Champions and he is desperate to be on the winning team this time.

"I would say it is the same as the World Cup final against Italy in 2006," he said. "That is the best thing in international football, but this is the best in club football and of course it is worth as much."

Saturday's final is even more important for Ribery given he was suspended two years ago when Bayern last reached the Champions League final against Inter Milan in Madrid.

With no guarantee that he will ever get another chance to appear in such an important fixture, he is fully focused.

"It is not every year that you get to play in a Champions League final," he said.

"I am now 29 and I don't know when my next chance will be, or if I will even get one.

"Maybe I can win the Bundesliga and DFB-Pokal again in future, but it is harder to win the Champions League.

"Therefore, it is very, very important."

Source: PA