Franck Ribéry (Salernitana) will end his career

Franck Ribéry (Salernitana) will end his career

All roads lead to Rome, but Rome can also lead to retirement. Without knowing it, Franck Ribéry will have played the last game of his career, on August 14, with Salernitana against José Mourinho’s team on the occasion of the 1st round of Serie A (0-1). Entering the game in the second half, the attacking midfielder played thirty-six minutes, which will be his last as a professional.

The pain took over. Absent since mid-August, Ribéry has been the subject of several tests that have led to the same observation. Her knees gave way. His cartilage sounds hollow. The pain only increased to the point of saying stop. The official announcement is imminent as broadcast this Friday morning by Italian media. He sounds the final applause in this gloomy beginning of autumn, at 39 and a half years old. The Salernitana captain, who was still wearing the armband from the first official match of this season in the Italian Cup against Parma (2-0 defeat, August 7), dreamed of one last lap to celebrate his 40th birthday (August 7, April) at the highest level.

Upon signing for Salernitana to everyone’s surprise in the summer of 2021, the French international (81 caps, 16 goals) had another year inserted in case of maintenance. No one believed this miracle possible with the smallest budget in Series A (€45 million), except him. In the sprint, Salernitana finished just above the relegation zone (17th) after changing shareholders during the season. Franck Ribéry had played twenty-three championship games for three assists. The youngster from the Chemin Vert de Boulogne-sur-Mer will have known seven professional clubs in three decades between Brest, Metz, Galatasaray, Marseille, Bayern Munich, Fiorentina and Salernitana.

Salernitana Ambassador until the end of the season

He will also have spent eight years in the French team before the 2006 World Cup until he threw in the towel at the 2014 World Cup after a disagreement with the tricolor coach. Arrived at Bayern in the summer of 2007, “Kaiser Franck” loomed over Munich. The big German club had spent €26m (plus €4m in bonuses) to buy OM from him. In twelve years at Bavaria, the attacking midfielder will bag 23 major titles, including 9 Bundesligas and a Champions League in 2013.

This season will be the most successful with all possible titles except the Ballon d’Or at the time awarded by france football and dominated by FIFA where he finished third behind Cristiano Ronaldo and Lionel Messi. His saga with Bayern is probably not over. The six-time European champion gave him a conversion. It’s written. But in the meantime, he will remain until the end of the season on the Amalfi Coast as an ambassador for Salernitana, with whom he is preparing to sign a friendly termination as a player.

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