Bastian Schweinsteiger finishes his footballing career. This was announced by the former German international and world champion via social media. "Thank you and my teams FC Bayern, Manchester United, Chicago Fire and the German national team - you gave me this incredible time for me," he wrote about on Twitter. "And of course I thank my wife Ana Ivanovic and my family for their support."

Now the time has come: Thank you and my teams @FCBayern, @ManUtd, @ChicagoFire and @DFB_Team. Of course, I also thank my wife @AnaIvanovic and my family for their support.

- Basti Schweinsteiger (@BSchweinsteiger) 8th October 2019

The longtime professional played his last game on Sunday for the US club Chicago Fire, where he has been employed since 2017. The season of Major League Soccer, as the North American Supreme Football League is called, ends in November.

Schweinsteiger's professional career began in 2002 at Bayern Munich, for which he played a total of 500 games until 2015. He then spent two years with Manchester United before moving to Chicago. He achieved international recognition at the latest with the Football World Cup 2006 in Germany, since then he was also in this country as a crowd favorite. Between 2004 and 2016, he ran in 121 games for the German national team, scoring 24 goals. He is one of the four internationals with the most stakes.

With Bayern Munich Schweinsteiger was eight times German champion and seven times Cup winner, 2013 also Champions League winner. In 2014, he was on the pitch when Germany became world champion in Brazil and subsequently captained the national team for two years.

The athletic arguments to play yet another season at Chicago Fire were limited. The team from Illinois prematurely missed the participation in the playoffs. The final 5-2 victory on Sunday at Orlando City was sporty meaningless. Schweinsteiger played one last time and celebrated the goals. As in his years in Munich, he was considered a crowd pleaser in Chicago.