As much as they’d like to claim they’ve been watching him since he was 6 years old and using a ball of human hair as a football, the World Cup represents most people’s first time seeing Frank Ribery playing outside of YouTube highlights.
Despite claims that he has rejected Manchester United and Arsenal for French champions Lyon, nothing solid has been agreed yet and the winger is still up for grabs. With Cristiano Ronaldo apparently sick of being yelled at by that mean ol’ Scot, Ribery could be a perfect replacement.
A decent goal against Spain and some solid performances thus far won’t have hurt his value despite some claiming he’s been disappointing against the pre-tournament hype (though not of Kuytesque proportions).
So for those carefully watching him terrify defences with his tricks and disturbing facial damage – are you impressed?