Frank Ribéry will retire at 39 with the European treble-winning Bayern Munich legend, ending an iconic career that saw him narrowly miss out on the Ballon d’Or to Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo

Franck Ribery is set to retire from football at the age of 39, according to reports in France.

Currently under contract with Serie A side Salernitana, the iconic winger made just two appearances at the start of the season and has since been sidelined with knee issues.


Ribéry’s penultimate game saw him captain the Coppa Italia

But he will mostly be remembered as a Bayern legend

But he will mostly be remembered as a Bayern legend

Those issues now appear to have ended his career early, with L’Equipe reporting that the Bayern Munich legend will now hang up his boots.

A nine-time Bundesliga winner, the Frenchman also scored a famous European treble with Bayern in 2013 and then finished third. [23.36 per cent] in the Ballon d’Or behind Cristiano Ronaldo [27.99 per cent] and Lionel Messi [24.72 per cent].

Ribéry formed an almost unstoppable pair on the wings for the Bavarian giants, with Arjen Robben on his opposite side the pair terrorized defenses across the continent.

After leaving the Allianz Arena in 2019, Ribéry quickly became a fan favorite at Fiorentina and then did the same at Salernitana, helping the side mount an unlikely survival campaign last season.

However, this season he only started against Parma as his side’s captain in the Coppa Italia, before appearing in their Serie A opener at home to Roma on August 14.

The 2006 World Cup finalist previously expressed his intention to play until his 40s after enjoying a happy career twilight in Italy.

Ribery nearly dethroned Messi and Ronaldo in their Ballon d'Or dominance


Ribery nearly dethroned Messi and Ronaldo in their Ballon d’Or dominance

This has now been overturned, with L’Equipe stating that ‘the pain took over’, adding: ‘Ribéry underwent several examinations which led to the same finding. His knees gave out.

“His cartilage rings hollow. The pain only increased to the point of saying stop.

Salernitana has the smallest budget in Italy with just 45 million euros [£39.5m] and he was not expected to avoid relegation in 2021/22, let alone sign such an iconic player, but Ribery’s 23 appearances and three assists secured a 17th place finish.

Ribéry will now remain the club’s ambassador until the end of the season, ending a fine career that spanned France, Turkey, Germany and Italy.

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