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Philipp Lahm announces retirement

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By Euronews
Philipp Lahm announces retirement

Germany and Bayern Munich legend Philipp Lahm has said he will retire at the end of the season.

The 33-year-old made the shock announcement after his 501st game for the club – a German cup win over Wolfsburg.

He admitted he would not be able to keep delivering top quality performances after the end of this campaign.

He said: “Like I explained already several times, the reason is that I give everything I have every day in each training and game and I think I can keep up with that until the end of the season, but no longer.”

Lahm captained Germany to victory in the 2014 World Cup in Brazil, and has had a glittering club career, winning seven Bundesliga titles, six German Cups and the Champions League.

The defender will not be taking a sporting director role at Bayern, as had been expected, but said he expects to return to the club at some point in the future.