Midfielder who was named German Footballer of the Year in 2008 as a member of Bayern Munich. He was named French Player of the Year in 2007, 2008 and 2013.
He started his youth soccer career with the French team Lille in 1996.
He made his international soccer debut during France's 2006 World Cup run.
He married Wahiba Ribery in 2002.
He was teammates with legendary midfielder Zinedine Zidane during the 2006 FIFA World Cup.