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Oct 9, 2019, 6:58:00 PM

Bastian Schweinsteiger announces retirement from football

Former Bayern Munich and Germany midfielder Bastian Schweinsteiger has announced his retirement from football.

Schweinsteiger – who won the World Cup with Germany in 2014 – called time on his career after finishing a two-year spell with MLS side Chicago Fire.

Schweinsteiger wrote on Twitter: “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 FC Bayern, Manchester United, Chicago Fire and the German national team. You made this unbelievable time possible for me!

“And of course, I would like to thank my wife Ana Ivanovic 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,” he added.

Words: Jake Evans

Images: PA