Franck Ribery is one of the best players of this decade. The Frenchmen is still one of Bayern Munich’s most important players and almost won the Ballon d’Or in 2014 but he’s also a wounded man who still lives with the scars of a tough childhood. Ribery is probably one of the funniest players in the football world. He always knows what to do to make his teammates laugh but his constant good mood also hides a deep wound that Ribery has had since he was a child.
What Happened to Franck Ribery’s Face?
He was involved in a horrible car crash when he was 2 years old, he made it out alive with a huge scar on his face. This scar turned little Franck’s life into a nightmare, his disfigured face made him the laughing stock at his school in northern France.
His classmates bullied him non-stop, but he defended himself and was ready to fight the bullies. Just because he responded with his fists doesn’t mean he didn’t suffer in silence, though, but what hurt him most was the look on the face of students parents. People would say, “look what he has on his face, look at his head. What is that scar? He is so ugly!”
The winger revealed, “wherever I went, people would look at me and not because I was a good person or because I was a good footballer but because of the scar.” He felt like a circus animal and it truly hurt him. “It was mean, I suffered a lot. Sometimes I cried by myself. I went to my room and I let it all out”.
As an adolescent Franck Ribery was fired from a training academy for violent behaviour. He fought with a classmate because she made fun of his looks. As a professional player, Ribery is just as impulsive. He can lose it on the field. He’s received a few red cards for similarly bad news and he can’t stand injustice. For instance not winning the Ballon d’Or in 2014 traumatised him but even though his wounds have made him impulsive they have also made Franck Ribery stronger.
He’s managed to become a world-class left winger. His troubled past has given him an incredible mindset that has allowed him to reach the top, and that makes him indestructible. Ribery’s story shows that even though childhood wounds are sometimes impossible to forget, they can become a powerful force in our adult lives and turn us into real champions.