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Former Bayer Munich and Manchester United midfielder, Bastian Schweinsteiger, has ended his 19-year career today as he announced his retirement.

German midfielder Bastian Schweinsteiger has decided today to announce his retirement after 19 years of playing professionally.

Dear fans, the time has now come,” he wrote on Twitter, “and I will be finishing my active career at the end of this season.”

“I would like to thank both, you and my teams FC Bayern, Manchester United, Chicago Fire, and the German national team.”

He added: “You made this unbelievable time possible for me!”

“And of course, I would also like to thank my wife Ana Ivanovic and my family for their support.”

He explained: “saying goodbye as an active player makes me feel a little nostalgic, but I am also looking forward to the exciting challenges that await me soon.”

“I will remain faithful to football.”

“Many, many thanks for the time we spent together, I will always have a place for you in my heart! Yours, Basti,” he concluded.

“Basti has meant so much to our club,” said Chicago Fire chairman Joe Mansueto according to The Daily Star.

“It was an absolute pleasure to watch him play.

Bayern chief executive Karl-Heinz Rummenigge added: “the doors at Bayern are always open” to him.

“A great career is coming to an end. Basti has won everything there is to win in world football.”