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Facts about Franck Ribery, the Scarface

How much do you know about one of the best wingers in France history? Join us in the following article to review detailed information about Franck Ribery's life.

Franck Ribery, widely known as the Scarface, is one of the best French footballers of all time. The 38-year-old footballer is known for his speed, skill, and energy. The French legend is well known for his career at the Bavarians. He is an excellent dribbler who controls the ball at his feet considerably.

The winger began his career as a youth player for Conti Boulogne, a local hometown club, in 1989; after seven years left the club to join Lille, having difficulties adjusting during three years at the French club. Ribery went on to play for Boulogne, Ales, Brest, Metz, and


. After spending six months at the Turkish club, the French winger joined Marseille, helping the club reach the final of the Coupe de France.

Franck Ribery moved to

Bayern Munich

for €25 million, a then club record, winning several trophies, including nine Bundesliga titles, DFB-Pokal title on six occasions, and one UEFA Champions League title during his long spell at the German club. In summer 2019, Franck Ribery left FC Hollywood and joined Fiorentina.

As a member of France national team, the legend represented his country at two FIFA World Cups and two UEFA European Championships. Here are the fascinating 

facts about Franck Ribery

you might want to know.

Facts you need to know about Franck Ribery

Let's take a look at the facts about Franck Ribery. Facts like Franck Ribery birthday, wife, Instagram, which may be fascinating to football lovers.

Franck Ribery age and biography at point

  • Full Name:

    Franck Henry Pierre Ribery

  • Nickname:

    Ferraribery, Scarface

  • Date of Birth:

    7 April 1983

  • Age:

    38 years

  • Place of Birth:

    Boulogne-sur-Mer, France

  • Nationality:


  • Height:

    1.70 m

  • Weight:

    72 kg

  • Parents:

    Francois Ribery, Marie-Pierre Ribery

  • Wife/Partner:

    Wahiba Ribery (married 2004)

  • Children:

    Seif el Islam Ribery, Hizya Ribery, Shahinez Ribery, Mohammed Ribery, Keltoum Cherifa Marie-Pierre Ribery

  • Occupation:

    Professional Football Player

  • Playing Position:


  • Club(s):

    Lille, Boulogne, Ales, Brest, Metz, Galatasaray, Marseille, Bayern Munich, Fiorentina

  • Jersey/Kit Number:

    7 (at Bayern Munich)

  • Net Worth:

    $70 million

Franck Ribery Childhood

The first part of our article on facts about Franck Ribery is about his childhood.

Franck Ribery birthday

is on 7 April 1983 in Boulogne-sur-Mer, France. His father, Francois Ribery, once was a construction worker, and his mother is Marie-Pierre Ribery. Franck Ribery family, especially his mother, had become confident for their son. The French footballer's childhood is centered around pain.


Franck Ribery age

was two, he got involved in a car accident with his family, which led to severe facial injuries. Once he said:

"The problem was that I was sitting in the back, and I went flying forward on impact. In a certain way this accident helped me. As a child, it motivated me."

After the accident, over a hundred stitches were made on two years old Franck's right face and another across his brows. Ribery not only didn't let the pain-affected him but also made him stronger.

Later the footballer said:

"I’m proud of my scar. It gave me strength, and forged my character. You have to be mentally strong to withstand the ridicule of other children, and the stares of adults. So here I am. This is my face; it is the one people know me be. I am happy with my face. Why shouldn’t I be happy?"

Franck Ribery Career Stats

After reviewing

Franck Ribery childhood

, let's take a look at

Franck Ribery career stats

, that is, one of the significant facts about Franck Ribery. The French footballer began football when he was six and played in the youth side of amateur club FC Conti de Boulogne-sur-Mer. In 1996 he moved to Lille, where he had behavioral problems and led to Lille releasing him.

The French footballer went on to play for Boulogne, Ales, Brest, Metz. In 2005, Ribery joined Galatasaray under Gheorghe Hagi, and the Turkish side's fans nicknamed him Ferraribery. He helped Galatasaray win Turkish Cup. 

On 15 June 2005, the Scarface returned to


and joined Ligue 1 side Marseille. Ribery played two seasons at the French club, winning the 2005 UEFA Intertoto Cup. He also won the French Player of the Year title, given to him by France Football, and ended the four-year reign of Thierry Henry. 

In 2007, the French winger moved to Bayern Munich for a then club record of €25 million, and he was given the number 7 jersey. One month later, he made his debut for Bavarians in a friendly match.

He spent 12 seasons in Bayern Munich and ended his career at the German club with a club record 24 titles, including nine Bundesliga titles, DFB-Pokal title on six occasions, 2007 DFB-Ligapokal title, four DFL-Supercups, one UEFA Champions League title, 2013 UEFA Super Cup, and 2013 FIFA Club World Cup.

During his long spell in Bayern Munich, Ribery played 425 times, scoring 124 goals and providing 182 assists for his teammates. He also made a strong partnership with fellow winger Arjen Robben and fans nicknamed them Robbery. In 2019 he left the German club and joined



"When I joined Bayern, it was a dream come true. Leaving is not going to be easy, but we must never forget what we've achieved together. We've won so much – over 20 titles,"

said Ribery.

At the international level, Franck Ribery earned his first cap with the French senior team against


on 27 May 2006. The French footballer won 81 caps, scoring 16 times from 2006 to 2014. In August 2014, Ribery announced his retirement from international football and mentioned that the reasons for his decision were personal.

Franck Ribery Net worth & Salary

In this section, we will take a look at

Franck Ribery salary

and net worth, which is one of the fascinating facts about Franck Ribery.

Widely known as the Scarface, Franck Ribery is regarded as one of the greatest football players in Bayern Munich history. As of 2021,

Franck Ribery net worth

is estimated at around $70 million. Franck Ribery salary as Fiorentina's player is £5,564,000 per year.

Franck Ribery Children & Wife

Football fans know about the French winger skills, but few consider his bio, which is quite interesting. Stay tuned to read more about the

Franck Ribery family


The French footballer married a less attractive woman, despite the hot women around him. When Franck and Wahiba were teenagers, they met in his Chermin-vert neighborhood. Wahiba,

Franck Ribery wife

, is Muslim and a French national of Algerian descent.

It seems that Wahiba, Franck Ribery wife, has a close family tie with another French footballer, Karim Benzema. In the case of

Franck Ribery children

, you might know that he has five children (Seif el Islam Ribery, Hizya Ribery, Shahinez Ribery, Mohammed Ribery, Keltoum Chérifa Marie-Pierre Ribery).

Facts about Franck Ribery you did not know

  • Franck Ribery nickname

Franck Ribery nickname is given to him by his fans. He is known as Ferraribery and the Scarface.

  • Franck Ribery tattoo

The amusing fact about Franck Ribery tattoo is that like many football players of his generation, he has yet to have any tattoos on his body.

  • Franck Ribery Instagram account

The Scarface, like many football players, is active on Instagram. Franck Ribery Instagram account (


) has around 5.7m followers.

  • Franck Ribery height

Franck Ribery height is 170 m, and also his weight is 72 kg.

  • The French footballer was born in a Christian family in a low-income neighborhood, but after marrying Wahiba, Ribery converted to Islam. Ribery's Muslim name is Bilal Yousuf Mohammad, and before the start of every game, the footballer raises his hands to Allah.

  • As most football fans know, Bundesliga is mostly ruled by German players, but Franck Ribery was the second ever foreign player to win the German Football of the Year in 2007-08. Ribery is one of the two non-Germans that have won the title. The other footballer that won the honor was Brazilian striker Ailon.

  • The Muslim footballer stays away from the toxic drinks, and in 2012, Ribery opened this alcohol-free bar that serves only juice and soft drinks.

  • Ribery may look like a serious player, but despite his appearance, he is one of the biggest pranksters, and when he was at Bayern Munich, his favorite victim was Arjen Robben.

  • In 2012, at halftime of the Champions League against Real Madrid, Ribery and Bayern teammate had a fight in the dressing room. The French footballer apologized to the team after the dispute.

Franck Ribery Quotes

One of the most amusing parts of SportMob's article on facts about Franck Ribery is a look back at his most controversial quotes.

On his scar

"People would say: 'Look what he has on his face, look at his head. What is this scar? It's so ugly.' Wherever I went, people would look at me. And not because I was a good person or because my name is Franck or was a good footballer, but because of the scar."

On his success in Bayern Munich

"When I arrived, Bayern were sitting at 14th place in the Bundesliga and weren't in the Champions League. Twelve years later, I left with 23 titles."

On speaking German

"My eldest daughter Hiziya always makes fun of my German, and I laugh with her. I did not learn the language in school, but in my daily life, from other people."

On the bad things that happened to him in 2010

"It's clear I had a horrible 2010 from all points of view. I won't even speak of the injuries that troubled me. But in my private life, my behaviour as a footballer, I went down the wrong roads, I lost myself. I hurt people, people who are very dear to me. I disappointed and even shocked many people and I want to apologise."

On winning treble

"I am dreaming of winning the treble again. I will never forget how I felt after winning it in 2012-13. It was like we were flying. It's a great feeling, it's utter madness. I definitely want to have that feeling again at some stage of my career."

On his father

"My father worked a lot for us. He gave me the character of a winner, taught me to overcome difficult moments in life, and I had a lot of them. He taught me to stay 'on the ground' in every moment in life. That is why, today I try to enjoy in every moment, in every training, in every game. I want to make people happy, in the pitch and out of it."

On being Muslim

"Religion is my personal thing. I am a believer and since I converted to Islam, I think, I became stronger, I became mentally and physically stronger. Religion did not change my personality or my perception of the world."

Franck Ribery TransferMarket

According to

Franck Ribery transfermarket

, the French footballer has played 606 times for nine clubs (Lille, Boulogne, Ales, Brest, Metz, Galatasaray, Marseille, Bayern Munich, and Fiorentina). He has scored 151 goals and has provided 222 assists for his teammates.

On the international level, Ribery scored 16 goals in 81 appearances that he made for his country.

Franck Ribery Records & Achievements

Sportmob's article on facts about Franck Ribery will end with a list of Franck Ribery individual records and notable achievements. The French footballer won nine Bundesliga titles, DFB-Pokal title on six occasions, 2007 DFB-Ligapokal title, four DFL-Supercups, one UEFA Champions League title, 2013 UEFA Super Cup, and 2013 FIFA Club World Cup at Bayern Munich.

The legend also won the 2005 UEFA Intertoto Cup and with Marseille and one Turkish Cup with Galatasaray.

His notable individual achievements are French Player of the Year (three times), 2008 Footballer of the Year (Germany), UEFA Team of the Year (twice), 2012-13 UEFA Best Player in Europe Award, 2013 FIFA Club World Cup Golden Ball, 2013 FIFA Club World Cup Most Valuable Player of the Final, and 2019-20 Fiorentina Player of the Season.

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