SALERNO, Italy ( Associated Press) – Former France winger Franck Ribery announced his retirement on Friday due to serious knee problems.
The 39-year-old Ribery, who played for France in the 2006 World Cup final and won the 2013 Champions League with Bayern Munich, announced the decision in a video posted on social media in which player de la Salernitana also shared with his family and fans. thanked.
“The fact that I was able to play at a high level for almost 20 years and this career is also because even in difficult times, they were always there,” said Ribery. “You have given me the strength to live this incredible adventure.
“But today, despite the efforts I’ve made over the past three months, my knee pain has only gotten worse and the doctors are clear: I have no choice but to stop playing. That’s why I want to play as a professional player. You should end your career.”
Ribery played for several clubs including Marseille and Fiorentina, but his most successful spell was at Bayern Munich, where he won nine Bundesliga titles, six German Cups and the Champions League during his 12-year spell with the club.
He also played for France in the 2006 World Cup final, losing to Italy.
Ribery left Bayern on a free transfer in 2019 and played for Fiorentina for two seasons before joining Salernitana last year.
Ribery played 23 matches for Salernitana last season but played only twice in this campaign in August and injured himself again.
Salernitana confirmed that he had agreed to terminate the winger’s contract, but added that Ribery would continue in another role at the club. He also noted that the footballer will say goodbye to the fans before the Serie A match against Spezia on Saturday.
“This is the end of a chapter, my chapter as a player, but not my professional history, of which you can be sure,” Ribery concluded in his video message. “So I’ll see you guys soon, for the start of a beautiful new chapter.”