Ribery is now up against the best two players in the world, Cristiano Ronaldo and Barcelona’s Leo Messi.
The Frenchman is the first player from outside Barcelona and Real Madrid to be in the final three for the prize since it was established two years ago.
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Since Guus Hiddink arrived at the helm, Chelsea have improved considerably after a tricky start to the campaign.
Newcastle United are staring down the barrel of relegation to the Championship for the second time in the past eight years.