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‘I just lack this trophy’

Ribéry aiming to crown outstanding season

Franck Ribéry already has three German championships and two cup triumphs under his belt, but he has yet to claim European honours with Bayern. He intends to rectify this omission at Wembley on Saturday. “I've won everything there is to win with Bayern, but I just lack this trophy," the Frenchman said three days prior to the Champions League final against Borussia Dortmund.

“I've already been waiting such a long, long time," continued the winger, making no secret of his yearning to finally lay hands on the most prestigious prize in club football. Now he is 30, the time must soon come, the player said on Wednesday after the morning squad workout. “We have to win, for the club, the fans and the team," he urged. According to Franck, his footballing career will not be complete until he has won international honours.