Bastian Schweinsteiger retires from football

Bastian Schweinsteiger has called it a career after a trophy-filled run for club and country.

The Chicago Fire is going to return to Soldier Field next season, but Bastian Schweinsteiger won’t join them.

The German football superstar announced his retirement on Tuesday, which put an end to a trophy-filled career for both country and club. A key cog on the 2014 World Cup championship team of Germany, Bastian Schweinsteiger played the last 3 years of his football career in MLS with Chicago. The German great won eight Bundesliga titles, seven DFB Pokal trophies, and a Champions League title with Bayern Munich before an FA Cup with Manchester United prior to his arrival in the Windy City.

For his nation, he appeared in three World Cup tournaments and four European Championships and now he will go down as one of Die Mannschaft’s greatest football players of all time.

New Fire owner and chairman Joe Mansueto said in a statement that Basti had meant so much to their club and it was an absolute pleasure to watch him play. Joe Mansueto added that Bastian’s football IQ was so elite that you could see he was three steps ahead at every turn. He was a leader, a great teammate, and also a generational player who helped in putting Chicago Fire on the world map.

Schweinsteiger scored 8 goals and had 15 assists in his 3 years with Chicago Fire, including a pair of MLS All-Star nods. He spent time in the central defense and midfield for Chicago, which will have a sizable hole to fill and more financial freedom to do so. According to recent MLS Players Association figures, he was the fifth-highest-paid player in the league in 2019, earning up to $5.6 million.

Fire manager Veljko Paunovic said that Schweinsteiger announced his decision of retiring to the club in the locker room following their season-ending win over Orlando City.