The ex-star of France and from Bayern Munich, Franck Ribery, made his retirement as a professional footballer official on Friday at the age of 39, due to continuous pain in one knee, in a video broadcast on social networks.
“The pain in my knee has only gotten worse and the doctors are clear: I have no choice, I have to stop playing. For this reason, I must end my career as a professional player, ”explains Ribery, who has played since 2021 in the Salernitana of the Italian first division.
Ribery thus ends a 22-year career, the peak of which was reached in the 2012-2013 season with Bayern Munich, which signed the championship, cup and Champions League treble. That season he brushed against being chosen Ballon d'Or.
“It is the end of a beautiful episode of my life,” added the player in the video broadcast on Twitter and Instagram, in which he makes an advance announcement of withdrawal official for several weeks by the media.
«It is the end of a chapter, that of a player, but not the end of my professional history, you can be sure. Therefore, I say see you soon for the start of a new and beautiful chapter, "concluded Ribery, who has not played since August, without giving more details.
La Salernitana had indicated that she was in talks with the star for a supposed leadership role, in the technical staff or in the direction.
"We are going to give him a position, the one he wants," said the leader of the Italian club on October 9.