Frank Ribery retires in Italy after excruciating knee pain
French striker Frank Ribery announced his retirement today, and football will miss his talent and attitude on and off the field, why? Your knee problems are getting worse and worse.
He played in the World Cup final in Germany v Italy
Ribery, 39, who played for France in the 2006 World Cup final against Italy and won the Champions League with Bayern Munich in 2013, announced his retirement in a video posted on social media where the Salernitana also thanked her family and fans.
“The fact that I’ve been able to play at a high level for almost 20 years and have this career is also because even in difficult times you were always there,” Ribéry said. “You gave me the strength to live this incredible adventure.
I have to finish my career as a professional player.
“But today, despite the efforts I’ve made over the last three months, the knee pain has only gotten worse and the doctors are clear: I have no choice but to stop playing. professional player.”
Ribéry played for a number of 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 a 12-year period with the German club.
He won the Champions League with Bayern Munich
Ribéry left Bayern on a free transfer in 2019 and played for Fiorentina for two seasons before joining Salernitana last year.
Ribéry made 23 appearances for Salernitana last season, but played just twice in August of this campaign before re-injuring himself.
He’s leaving the field but not the game
Salernitana confirmed that by mutual agreement he terminated the players’ contract, but added that Ribéry will continue in another role at the club. He also said he will bid farewell to fans ahead of Saturday’s Serie A match against Spezia.
“This is the end of a chapter, my chapter as a player, but not of my professional story, of that you can be sure,” Ribéry concluded in his video message. “So I’ll see you soon, for the start of a beautiful new chapter.”
He’s looking forward to the coach seat
Salernitana manager Davide Nicola has said Ribéry will be part of his squad, although he is also likely to work on his coaching licenses.
Ribery also added a second emotional post on social media.
“One thing is for sure, football will continue to be a big part of my life. I hope you will continue to support me in the future, as you always have.
I already miss you
“I miss you already. The ball, the pitch, the stadiums, you fans. And yet I know that I will always be close to everything. Also in the future. Football and me. It just belongs to each other. And it always will be.”