The doubt no longer remained after the announcement of his career stoppage by various media, including The Team, on October 7th. Franck Ribéry (39), the Salernitana striker, still confirmed his retirement from sport on his social networks. “The ball stops, but not my feelings for him”a writing by the former French international.
Ribéry suffers from knee problems, having not allowed him to put on his crampons since his team’s trip to the field of AS Roma on August 14 during the first day of Serie A (0-1).
Ribéry 3rd for the Ballon d’Or in 2013
Ribéry will have left his mark on the France team (81 caps, 16 goals), whose colors he wore for eight years, with a World Cup final at stake, in 2006, and Bayern Munich, where he won 23 titles, including 9 Bundesliga and one Champions League (2013). “Kaiser Franck” played 422 matches with the Bavarian club and came close to the ultimate individual reward in the colors of Bayern: the Ballon d’Or, finishing third in the standings in 2013, behind Cristiano Ronaldo and Lionel Messi.
During his long career, Ribéry played for US Boulogne, Olympique d’Alès, Stade Brestois, FC Metz, Galatasaray, OM, Bayern Munich, Fiorentina and Salernitana. As revealed on October 7, Ribéry stayed until the end of the season at Salernitana, in an ambassador role.