Bayern Munich’s Franck Ribery has announced his retirement from international play with France. He missed the World Cup this summer in Brazil due to a back injury, which hurt France’s national team in the midfield. Ribery said his reasons for retiring were ‘purely personal,’ citing that he wanted to spend more time with his family, according to ESPN.
Ribery played in the 2006 and 2010 World Cups, and registered 81 appearances for France in his career. He’s the second star to announce his retirement after World Cup leading scorer Miroslav Klose decided his time was up for Germany. Ribery and Bayern is set to have a big season with new signings Mario Gotze and Robert Lewandowski ready to play in Munich.
Though he is on the older side at 31, Ribery will still play a prominent role in Bayern’s attack, which features top guns like Arjen Robben, Bastian Schweinsteiger, and Thomas Muller. The new additions will fit well into the starting XI.
Ribery is the second French player to announce his international retirement this week, following Samir Nasri who said there’s little future for himself after being omitted from country’s World Cup roster. Ribery’s retirement makes more sense than Nasri’s, who seems to not connect well with coach Didier Deschamps.