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Ballack retires from football

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Former Chelsea Midfielder and Germany captain Michael Ballack has officially ended his footballing career after being released by Bayer Leverkusen in the summer.

The 36 year old, who made the last of his 98 appearances for Die Mannschaft against Argentina in March 2010, began his professional career at Chemnitzer in 1995 and went on to play for Kaiserslautern, Bayer Leverkusen, Bayern Munich and Chelsea.

Ballack made 167 appearances for the Blues, scoring 26 times but an ankle injury he suffered in the FA Cup final two years ago ruled him out of the last World Cup in South Africa where he lost the captaincy of the national team to Bayern Munich’s Philipp Lahm.