Franck Ribéry (39) has announced his retirement from professional football, putting an end to his 18-year career. The former France international winger finished his career at Salernitana.
During his career, Ribéry scored 176 goals and registered 211 assists in 784 matches. He has also won 24 titles, including 10 Bundesligas and a Champions League. However, he enjoyed less success with Les Bleus, winning no titles with his international side, despite featuring in the World Cup final with France in 2006.
Having suffered a knee injury from which he has found it impossible to recover, Ribéry explained in a video diffused on social media that he had no other option but to call time on his glittering career. “The pain in my knee has only worsened and the doctors are straight with me: I don’t have a choice, I have to stop playing. I am there calling an end to play professional career,” he said.
Ribéry played the final match of his career against AS Roma on 14th August.