Former Germany, Manchester United and Bayern Munich midfielder Bastian Schweinsteiger has retired. The 35-year-old announced his decision two days after the end of the Major League Soccer season. His club, Chicago Fire, finished 17th. “The time has now come,” he said. “To the fans, you made this unbelievable time possible for me.”
Schweinsteiger won the 2014 World Cup with Germany, as well as eight Bundesliga titles with Bayern. In total, he gained 121 caps for Germany between 2004 and 2016. The midfielder played 500 times for Bayern before joining Manchester United for £14.4m in 2015 but failed to adapt to the Premier League, making 13 league starts in two years. He was made to train with the under-23s at Old Trafford by then manager Jose Mourinho – who later said he regretted his decision. Schweinsteiger was allowed to join Chicago Fire on a free transfer in March 2017 and scored on his debut. Fire finished third in his first season to reach the play-offs but have struggled since.