Bastian Schweinsteiger has announced he will retire from football at the end of the season, putting an end to a trophy-laiden career.
The 35-year-old has undoubtedly been one of the best midfield players in his generation, and won eight Bundesliga titles during his time with Bayern Munich.
Schweinsteiger will end his career at MLS side Chicago Fire, whom he joined from Manchester United in 2017 after being alienated from the first-team by then boss Jose Mourinho.
The midfield maestro’s arrival under Louis Van Gaal had many United fans excited, but his Old Trafford career turned out to be unfortunately short and underwhelming.
Schweinsteiger did contribute to an FA Cup success, but could not replicate the sort of form that would see him dominate the very best midfields across world football.
There is still a huge amount of respect for the midfielder amongst United fans and it’s such a shame that he could not have more of an impact in his two-year stay at the club.
He was 31-years-old when he joined the Red Devils in 2015, and fans on social media paying tribute have said they wished they had seen the German World Cup winner at the club in his prime a few years earlier.
Good luck in retirement, Basti!
— StretfordPaddock (@StretfordPaddck) October 8, 2019
Wish you played for United earlier. All the best for the future legend 🤲
— Craig 🎃 (@CraigFarrell_) October 8, 2019
enjoy it and gutted things didnt work at man utd cos you were a good footballer for us
— kevinevans (@kevinevans11) October 8, 2019
Wish you played for us when you were alot younger all the best Basti pic.twitter.com/7kR3gBhovh
— Ché (@UtdChe) October 8, 2019
Proud of your career, Basti. My favorite football player ever from Germany. Thanks for brief time at United. Should’ve come 5 years earlier when Sir Alex still managed our club. 🍻
nb: Went to Megastore specially to bought your jersey and proudly don it. 😍 pic.twitter.com/M6V7Utyyaq
— #WO (@mbahdiddo) October 8, 2019
I’ve loved watching you play sir! I only wish I could’ve seen you live! You will always hold a place in my heart wearing a Manchester United Kit!! Have a great time in retirement! Oh BTW you know Manchester still needs a DOF, right?
— ManchesterUTDguy (@kimnbarry0630) October 8, 2019