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Former Bayern Munich star Franck Ribery in TEARS as he calls an end to playing career at Salernitana

Former Bayern Munich star Franck Ribery in TEARS as he calls an end to 20-year-long playing career at Salernitana – after France star suffered an injury-hit 12 months with the Serie A side

  • The winger came out on the pitch after Salernitana’s win over Spezia 
  • He was unable to hold back the emotion as he clapped to the fans in the stadium 
  • Ribery has decided to call an end to his career after suffering with fitness issues 
  • The 39-year-old is best known for starring for Bayern Munich and France 

Former Bayern Munich and France star Franck Ribery was in tears as he called an end to his trophy-laden playing career on Saturday.

The Frenchman came out onto the pitch after Salernitana’s 1-0 win over Spezia in Seria A where he was met by a chorus of applause and chants from the home fans.

And it’s clear emotions got the better of him when the 39-year-old – who’s struggled with fitness issues in the last year – gave a lap of honour at the Arechi Stadium.

Former Bayern Munich star Franck Ribery called an end to his 20-year-long playing career

The Frenchman was unable to hold back tears as he applauded fans at the Arechi Stadium

The Frenchman was unable to hold back tears as he applauded fans at the Arechi Stadium

Salernitana fans held up pictures with Ribery's face after he announced his retirement

Salernitana fans held up pictures with Ribery’s face after he announced his retirement

Ribery stepped out the pitch to wave goodbye to fans, who had brought signs and posters in his honour, before being overcome by emotion.

He made 25 appearances for the Italian side, helping them to remain in Italy’s top-flight after promotion from Serie B, before deciding to retire.  

The 39-year-old called time on his career after confirming the news with a statement on Twitter on Friday.

‘The ball stops. The feelings inside me do not,’ he wrote. ‘Thanks to everyone for this great adventure.’

Ribery is best known for his time in Germany where he won the Bundesliga on nine occasions during his time at Bayern.

The French winger made a total of 25 appearances across two seasons for the Serie A side

The French winger made a total of 25 appearances across two seasons for the Serie A side

He calls an end to his extravagant football career that's seen him make over 700 appearances

He calls an end to his extravagant football career that’s seen him make over 700 appearances

He also won the Champions League with the German giants in 2013 when they beat domestic rivals Borussia Dortmund in the final.

Overall, he made 425 appearances for the Bavarian side, scoring 124 goals between 2007 and 2019. 

When he was released by the club in 2019, he moved to Fiorentina and then joined Salernitana but was only able to start 17 league games in 2021-22 due to fitness issues.

He also won the Champions League in 2013 with Bayern when they beat Borussia Dortmund

He also won the Champions League in 2013 with Bayern when they beat Borussia Dortmund

Ribery also earned 81 caps for France and played for his country at four major tournaments.

He was part of the squad that made the final of the 2006 World Cup, when France were beaten on penalties by Italy. 

His highest individual accolade saw him finish third in the Ballon d’Or vote in 2013 behind Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo.

Ribery finished third behind Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo at the 2013 Ballon d'Or awards

Ribery finished third behind Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo at the 2013 Ballon d’Or awards

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