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Bastian Schweinsteiger has announced his retirement from professional football, with the former Bayern Munich, Manchester United and Chicago Fire star hanging up his boots at the age of 35.

The World Cup winner has spent the last three years turning out in MLS after taking in a brief spell with the Red Devils at Old Trafford prior to his move to Chicago.

He was considered to be quite a coup when United secured his signature, but a spell in England did not play out as planned.

In a post on social media, Schweinsteiger said: “Dear fans, the time has now come, and I will be finishing my active career at the end of this season. I would like to thank both you, my teams FC Bayern, Manchester United, Chicago Fire and the German national team. You made this unbelievable time possible for me!

“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!”

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