Football: At 39, Franck Ribéry hangs up his crampons

After an international retirement, announced in 2014, the former French international, Franck Ribéry, 39, announced this Friday his decision to end his professional career.

Suffering from recurring knee problems, the unforgettable winger with 81 selections for the France team and vice-world champion in 2006, had been absent from the field since mid-August.

“The time has come for me to quit football,” he announced in the video posted on his social networks.

“Despite the efforts made over the past three months, the pain in my knee has only gotten worse and the doctors are positive. I no longer have a choice: I have to stop playing. It’s the end of a beautiful chapter in my life,” he says.

Revealed at Olympique de Marseille (2005-2007), after a winding career start (Boulogne, Alès, Brest, Metz, Galatasaray), he wore the blue jersey for eight years.

In twelve years with Bayer Munich, the Frenchman has won 23 titles including 9 German championships, and a 2013 Champions League.

That same year, Ribéry finished on the third step of the podium for a Ballon d’Or behind Cristiano Ronaldo and Lionel Messi.

In 2019, at 36, he joined Italy and Fiorentina to discover a new championship, before extending the pleasure with the promoted Salernitana last year.

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