Published: Fri, May 19, 2017
Sport | By Gary Shelton

Retiring Bayern legend Lahm ignoring Ancelotti's 'every day' pleas to stay on

Retiring Bayern legend Lahm ignoring Ancelotti's 'every day' pleas to stay on

"As a coach, I rarely had a professional like Philipp Lahm, who worked so intensely, so meticulously and so purposefully every day", said Jupp Heynckes, who led Bayern to the 2013 Champions League, Bundesliga and German Cup treble - the only German club to achieve the feat.

Fifteen years, 650 competitive games, 113 global caps, eight Bundesliga titles, six German Cups, one Champions League, one Club World Cup and one World Cup later, the Bayern Munich captain finally hangs up his boots this Saturday.

The day has finally come.

The 33-year-old brings down the curtain on an illustrious 22-year career on Saturday, and the German star has been speaking to sections of the media in the run up to his final game for the Bavarians.

"I can't name a single particular moment, there have been so many". "But I'll always remember my first game against Lens, even though I only played three minutes!" I'm a football fan.

And amidst the glittering successes, there have been some truly bitter defeats.

He went on to become a key part of a golden Spain generation which won the 2010 World Cup in South Africa either side of the 2008 and 2012 European titles. In addition, Philipp Lahm proved his great quality as a leader, far beyond his role on the pitch and as a captain.

"I'll remember my first league title, my first cup, the Champions League".

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"Philipp Lahm leaves the Bundesliga undoubtedly as one of the outstanding players in German football history".

When he lifts the German league trophy on Saturday, it will be the 18th time Alonso has won silverware for both club and country and his third straight Bundesliga title.

So what now? Ever since Lahm announced he would be retiring, rumors have circulated regarding his future.

And while Lahm admits the game will be emotional, he insists he is looking forward to the occasion and will end his playing career a happy man.

He said: 'I'm an Bayern fan.

"I'll have to see how my life pans out and what happens from week to week".

Until then, there's just the small matter of one last journey to the ground, one last warm-up, one last round of applause from a sold-out Allianz Arena and, Bayern being Bayern, one last Bundesliga trophy to lift.

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