France Stalwart Ribery announces retirement from football

(FILES) In this file photo taken on May 20, 2017 Bayern Munich’s players including French midfielder Franck Ribery (C) celebrate on the balcony of City Hall after the German First division Bundesliga football match Bayern Munich vs SC Freiburg in Munich, southern Germany. – Former star of the French team and Bayern Munich Franck Ribery announced on October 21, 2022 the end of his professional career, at 39 years, because of persistent pain in a knee, in a video posted on social networks. (Photo by Tobias Hase / dpa / AFP) / Germany OUT / NO USE AFTER NOVEMBER 20, 2022 11:56:09 GMT – GERMANY OUT

Former France and Bayern Munich attacking midfielder Franck Ribery announced his retirement from football on Friday after succumbing to a persistent knee injury which kept him out of action for Serie A club Salernitana.

“The ball stops. The feelings inside me do not,” 39-year-old Ribery wrote on social media in English, French, Italian and German.

“Thanks to everyone for this great adventure.”

Ribery hasn’t featured for Salernitana, who he joined in 2021, since their opening day loss to Roma and his retirement had been rumoured for several weeks.

Now that Ribery has decided to hang up his boots he could take up a management role at Salernitana, who confirmed earlier this month that they were talking with the Frenchman about a position at the club.

A World Cup runner-up with France in 2006, Ribery’s greatest successes came at Bayern Munich, where over 12 seasons he won nine league titles and the 2013 Champions League.

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