Former France and Bayern Munich winger Franck Ribery has announced his retirement from football.
Ribéry’s Salernitana deal would have kept him in Serie A for the remainder of this season, but for now he’s decided to hang up his boots.
The 39-year-old has also played for a number of other clubs in his 22-year career, including Metz, Galatasaray, Marseille and Fiorentina.
However, Ribéry spent most of his career at Bayern where he won nine Bundesliga titles in 12 years.
He has also won six DFB-Pokal titles, one Champions League, a UEFA Super Cup and the FIFA Club World Cup.
During his time with the Bavarian giants, Ribéry made 273 appearances in the Bundesliga, scoring 86 goals and providing 92 assists.
He tweeted: “The ball stops. There are no feelings inside me. Thank you all for this great adventure.”
Ribéry forged an exciting partnership with Arjen Robben and the duo terrorized the defense from both sides during their decade together in Munich before both left the club in 2019.
Ribéry won 81 caps for France, scoring 16 goals before retiring from international football in 2014 and was a member of Les Bleus when they finished second to Italy in the 2006 World Cup.
He joined Fiorentina after leaving Germany, scoring five goals and nine assists in 51 appearances before signing for Salernitana in 2021.
In total, he has made just three passes in 25 games for the club and has only played twice this season, both times in August, in the Coppa Italia against Parma and as a substitute in Serie A, lost 1 at home to Roma: 0.
The club said that Ribéry would remain at Salernitana in a non-playing capacity.