Bastian Schweinsteiger pays tribute to wife Ana Ivanovic after announcing retirement
Bastian Schweinsteiger has bought the curtain down on a glittering 19 year career today.
The German enjoyed heaps of success as a player with the highlight being a World Cup victory in 2014.
Schweinsteiger, while paying tribute to all the teams he has represented, singled out wife and former world No 1 tennis player Ana Ivanovic for specific praise.
The two tied the knot in August 2016 in the romantic Italian location of Venice and her support was thanked in an open statement he wrote to fans on Twitter.
He said: “Now the time has come: I thank you and my teams @FCBayern. @ManUtd. @ChicagoFire and @DFB_Team, Of course, I also thank my wife @AnaIvanovic and my family for your support.”
The 35-year-old also went on to say: “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.”
Schweinsteiger was given his debut for Bayern in November 2002 by Ottmar Hitzfeld.
He was part of a difficult rebuild undertaken by the club, but did manage to play his part in their FA Cup success in 2016.
Throughout his career he was also a main stay of the national side earning 124 caps while helping them reach the last four of a major competition on six successive occasions.