Berlin, May 17: The 33-year-old Bayern Munich’s star footballer Philipp Lahm retires after a 22-year playing career.
He will play his last game in the German Bundesliga against SC Freiburg on Saturday, reports Xinhua news agency.
With World Cup, Champions League, eight national and six Cup trophies, the defender and midfielder can look back more than two decades of incredible success as one of the greatest footballers in German history.
He started his career in football at the FT Gern club in Munich in 1995.
Lahm has created a gleaming reputation without any scandal, as a reliable world class player with unique passing and tackling skills in nearly 130 Champions League games, around 370 in the Bundesliga and 113 for Germany.
He has collected more titles than yellow cards, and never received a red card, are astonishing.
“Maybe it was an advantage to have played several different positions and not be restricted to only one. I had to adapt to different roles. I always tried to understand each and every position and its specific needs,” Lahm said.
In 2008, Spanish giants FC Barcelona were eager to sign a footballer that would have enriched Barca’s dominant passing game. Lahm said he seriously thought about moving and talked to Barcelona.
“But obviously Bayern were sure of my qualities and did not sell me but took me back,” Lahm remembered. He said he has never regretted.
Lahm has worked with famous coaches such as Jupp Heynckes, Felix Magath, Louis van Gaal, Pep Guardiola and Carlo Ancelotti.
Lahm has prepared intensively for a life after football as he is shareholder of several companies and wants to have relaxing breakfast with everyone around the table.
He rejected to join the club as a managing director right after his retirement.