Bastian Schweinsteiger announced retirement from professional football

    Chicago Fire star Bastian Schweinsteiger has announced that he will retire from professional football at the end of the season

    The 35-year-old midfielder, who captained Germany to the 2014 FIFA World Cup title, has enjoyed a trophy-laden career at Bayern Munich and Manchester United before moving to the other side of the Atlantic.

    Bayern Munich’s homegrown talisman lifted eight Bundesliga titles and the Champions League crown during his time in native Germany before winning the FA Cup while at Old Trafford.

    After a torrid 18-month spell in the Premier League, Schweinsteiger left Europe for good in 2017, linking up with the MLS franchise Chicago Fire, who he captained for the past two years.

    But, after 17 years of professional football, the German deep-lying playmaker has realized that the time has come for him to hang up the boots.

    Bidding an emotional farewell to his supporters via social media, Schweinsteiger has announced his decision to retire from active football, insisting that he will remain in this sport in another role.

    “Dear Fans, the time has now come, and I will be finishing my active career at the end of this season. I would like to thank both, you and my teams @fcbayern, @manchesterunited, @chicagofire and @dfb_team,” he wrote on Instagram.

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    Liebe Fans, nun ist die Zeit gekommen: ich werde meine aktive Karriere zum Ende dieser Saison beenden. Ich danke Euch und meinen Mannschaften @fcbayern, @manchesterunited, @chicagofire und @dfb_team – Ihr habt mir diese für mich so unglaubliche Zeit ermöglicht! Und natürlich danke ich meiner Frau @anaivanovic und meiner Familie für ihre Unterstützung. Mein Abschied als aktiver Spieler stimmt mich ein bisschen wehmütig, aber freue mich auch auf die spannenden Aufgaben, die mich bald erwarten. Dem Fußball werde ich treu bleiben. 1000 Dank für die gemeinsame Zeit, ich werde Euch immer im Herzen tragen! Euer Basti. Dear Fans, the time has now come, and I will be finishing my active career at the end of this season. I would like to thank both, you and my teams @fcbayern, @manchesterunited, @chicagofire and @dfb_team. You made this unbelievable time possible for me! And of course, I would also like to thank my wife @anaivanovic and my family for their support. Saying goodbye as an active player makes me feel a little nostalgic, but I am also looking forward to the exciting challenges that await me soon. I will remain faithful to football. Many, many thanks for the time we spent together, I will always have a place for you in my heart! Yours, Basti.

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    “You made this unbelievable time possible for me! And of course, I would also like to thank my wife @anaivanovicand my family for their support. Saying goodbye as an active player makes me feel a little nostalgic, but I am also looking forward to the exciting challenges that await me soon.”

    “I will remain faithful to football. Many, many thanks for the time we spent together, I will always have a place for you in my heart! Yours, Basti.”

    Schweinsteiger collected over 500 appearances for the Bavarians coming through the youth system at the Allianz Arena and had 121 caps for the national team, netting 24 goals.

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