Former Bayern Munich star Franck Ribery announces his retirement from football


‘Thanks to everyone for this great adventure’: Former Bayern Munich and France star Franck Ribery announces his retirement after an injury-hit 12 months… with the 39-year-old bringing the curtain down on his trophy-laden career

  • Franck Ribery has announced his retirement from professional football
  • The winger has struggled with injuries over the past 12 months
  • The 39-year-old is best known for starring for Bayern Munich and France 
  • Ribery won the Bundesliga on nine occasions during his time at Bayern  

Former Bayern Munich winger Franck Ribery has announced his retirement from football after an injury-hit 12 months at Serie A side Salernitana.

Ribery joined Salernitana last September but was only able to start 17 league games in 2021-22 due to fitness issues, and he has been limited to a single appearance top flight appearance this term.

The 39-year-old has now called time on his career, confirming the news with a statement on Twitter on Friday.

Franck Ribery has announced his retirement from professional football at the age of 39

‘The ball stops. The feelings inside me do not,’ he wrote.

‘Thanks to everyone for this great adventure.’

Ribery is best known for his time in Germany where he won the Bundesliga on nine occasions during his time at Bayern.

He also won the Champions League with the German giants in 2013 when they beat domestic rivals Borussia Dortmund in the final.

Overall, he made 425 appearances for the club, scoring 124 goals between 2007 and 2019.

Ribery represented eight clubs in his career, after making his breakthrough at French club US Boulogne as a teenager.

Ribery (R) won the Bundesliga nine times when he was at Bayern Munich

Ribery (R) won the Bundesliga nine times when he was at Bayern Munich

He also won the Champions League in 2013 with Bayern when they beat Borussia Dortmund

He also won the Champions League in 2013 with Bayern when they beat Borussia Dortmund

He then went on to play for Stade Brest and Metz before a brief spell in Turkey with Galatasaray.

A move back to France followed as he joined Marseille, and it was there that his performances caught the eye and led to Bayern signing him in 2007.

He would go on to star at Bayern, finishing third in the Ballon d’Or vote in 2013 behind Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo.

Ribery finished third behind Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo at the 2013 Ballon d'Or awards

Ribery finished third behind Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo at the 2013 Ballon d’Or awards

When he was released by the club in 2019, he moved to Fiorentina and then Salernitana before finally calling time on his playing days.

Ribery also earned 81 caps for France and played for his country at four major tournaments.

He was part of the squad that made the final of the 2006 World Cup, when France were beaten on penalties by Italy. 

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