Bayern Munich captain and Germany legend Philipp Lahm has announced he will be retiring from football at the end of the season.
The defender has a contract until 2018, but will end his contract early, after he made his 500th appearance for Bayern Munich against Schalke.
The 33-year-old Lahm won the world cup with Germany in 2014 and is looking to win an eight Bundesliga title with Bayern.
“I will retire at the end of the season,” the 33-year-old confirmed to reporters when asked about his future.
Bayern were keen to name Lahm as the club’s new sporting director ahead of next season, but the right-back has opted to take a sabbatical instead.
“I have decided that it is not the right moment yet to take the job as sporting director,” he added.
He has won seven Bundesliga titles, six DFB-Pokals, the Champions League and the Club World Cup with Bayern.