After 22 years of a distinguished career and representing Bayern Munich, Franck Ribéry has announced his retirement from professional football at the age of 39.
On Friday afternoon, Ribéry announced it on his official Twitter, writing, “The ball stops. My internal emotions do not.
He continued by expressing gratitude to everyone who helped make his profession successful.
The winger for the France national team started his senior football career in 2000 with US Boulogne in France. He then played for prestigious European clubs such as Galatasaray and Marseille.
Before departing the Allianz Arena in 2019, he joined Bayern Munich in 2007, where he established himself as a household figure and amassed 118 goals in 404 appearances.
During his tenure in Germany, the former World Cup finalist gained notoriety for his lethal partnership with Dutch football great Arjen Robben, who last competed for Groningen in 2021.
During his career with the Bavarians, the former Fiorentina forward won nine Bundesliga championships, the UEFA Champions League, the UEFA Super Cup, the FIFA Clubs World Cup, numerous DFB Pokal championships, and the DFL Super Cup championships.
Additionally, he was the DFL Ligapokal and DFL Ligapokal winner.
Ribéry played 81 times for France’s national team, scoring 16 goals. He was also a member of the group that advanced to the 2006 FIFA World Cup final in Germany.