Bastian Schweinsteiger has announced his retirement from professional football.
The German midfielder, who represented Bayern Munich, Manchester United and Chicago Fire in the MLS, broke the news on social media on Tuesday afternoon.
Schweinsteiger’s decision brings to a close his richly successful 17-year career which saw him win eight Bundesliga titles, the FA Cup while at United and the World Cup in 2014 as Germany captain.
In an emotive post on his Instagram page, the 35-year-old wrote: “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 @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 began his career as a young player at Bayern Munich in 2002 and went on to become a club legend during his 13 years in Bavaria.