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World Cup winner with Germany in 2014 and Bayern Munich and Manchester United's star mid-fielder Bastian Schweinsteiger bid goodbye to professional football through Twitter on Tuesday.
Schweinsteiger also captained German national team for a while in 2014 and represented Germany in 121 international matches scoring 26 goals. Having played 4 Euro Championships and 3 World Cups including Germany's successful campaign in 2014, he is widely regarded as one of the greatest attacking mid-fielders of this generation.
"Dear fans, the time has now come, and I will be finishing my active career at the end of this season,” he wrote in a post on social media on Tuesday. “I would like to thank both you, my teams FC Bayern, Manchester United, Chicago Fire and the German national team. You made this unbelievable time possible for me!", Tweeted Schweinsteiger.
Having played in Europe in Bundesliga for Bayern Munich and Premier League for Manchester United for a major part of his professional career, Schweinsteiger left to the USA to play for Chicago Fire in the Major League Soccer back in 2017.
Meanwhile, German national coach Joachim Leow has welcomed Schweinsteiger's decision to retire and said that the 35-year-old is welcome to German national team if he is interested in coaching.
"I don’t know what his plans are, any player who has ever played in the national team, and has the goal of being a coach, is always welcome here to get a taste of what it’s like," said Leow.
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