"The pain in my knee has only gotten worse and the doctors are formal: I no longer have a choice, I have to stop playing. So I have to put an end to my career as a professional player", explains Ribéry, who has been playing since the summer of 2021 at Salernitana, in the Italian 1st division.
Ribéry, who had exploded in mondovision during the 2006 World Cup by wearing the Blues in the round of 16 won against Spain (3-1), puts an end to 22 years of career, the peak of which will have been the 2012-2013 season with Bayern Munich, author that year of the Championship-Cup-Champions League treble. He had also come very close to the Ballon d'Or at the end of that season.
"It's the end of a beautiful chapter in my life," adds "Kaiser Franck" in the video posted on Instagram and Twitter, where he formalizes this retirement announced a few weeks ago by the media.
"It's the end of a chapter, that of the player, but not the end of my professional history, you can be sure of that. So I say see you very soon for the start of a new beautiful chapter", concludes Ribéry , who has not played since August, without further details.
The Salernitana had indicated that they were in discussions with the star for a possible role as leader, in technical supervision or with management.
"We will give him a role, the one he wants," said the boss of the Italian club on October 9.