Ribery has announced his retirement from football
Franck Ribery, a former Bayern Munich winger, has announced his retirement from football after a year of injury at Serie A side Salernitana.
Ribery joined Salernitana in September of last year but was only able to start 17 league games in 2021-22 due to fitness issues, and he has only made one top flight appearance this season.
The 39-year-old has now called it quits on his career, confirming the news with a tweet on Friday. ‘The ball comes to rest. ‘My inner feelings do not,’ he wrote. ‘Many thanks to everyone for this fantastic adventure.’
Ribery is best known for his time in Germany, where he won the Bundesliga nine times with Bayern Munich. He also won the Champions League in 2013 with the German giants, defeating domestic rivals Borussia Dortmund in the final.
Between 2007 and 2019, he appeared in 425 games for the club, scoring 124 goals. Ribery played for eight clubs during his career, beginning as a teenager with French club US Boulogne.
He went on to play for Stade Brest and Metz before a brief stint with Galatasaray in Turkey. He returned to France and joined Marseille, where his performances caught the attention of Bayern Munich, who signed him in 2007.
He went on to become a Bayern Munich legend, finishing third in the Ballon d’Or vote in 2013 behind Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo. When he was released by the club in 2019, he went to Fiorentina and then Salernitana before calling it quits. Ribery also earned 81 caps for France and competed in four major tournaments.
He was a member of France’s World Cup-winning squad in 2006, when they were defeated on penalties by Italy.
1 Champions League
1 UEFA Super Cup
1 Clubs World Cup
6 DFB Pokal
5 DFL SuperCup
1 DFL Ligapokal
1 Turkish Cup
2 UEFA Team of the Year
WC Finalist 2006