Anyone who has experienced that July 13, 2014 at the Maracanã Stadium in Rio de Janeiro, will never forget these pictures. How Bastian Schweinsteiger exhausted with a bleeding cut under the right eye and maltreated repeatedly picked oneself up.

How in the very last duel of the final of the World Cup, of course, the bleeding “Schweini” will be rammed to the ground by an Argentinian. The Oberbayer has played 121 caps for Germany. The biggest and most important of his career was number 108, which ended with a 1-0 after extra time and with which Schweinsteiger created his own legendary status.

More than five years later, the now 35-year-old father explains his resignation and writes the lines that are no longer really surprising at this time. “Now is the time,” he announces on Tuesday via a Twitter message, two days after his last game for the US club Chicago Fire. Schweinsteiger had moved in 2017 to Major League Soccer in the United States to gradually end his career.

His departure as an active player makes him a bit wistful, explains Schweinsteiger. But he also looks forward to the exciting tasks “that will soon be waiting for me, and I will remain true to football,” he writes, leaving room for speculation about future tasks and new challenges.

“A great career is coming to an end, Basti has won everything there is to win in world football and he is a great guy, the doors to Bayern are always open to him,” said Bayern CEO Karl-Heinz Rummenigge in Tuesday on the official Homepage of the Club.

“We always have a place for him” said coach Joachim Loew a few hours before the resignation message and honored his former captain in the highest tones. “If the Basti stops, a personality will go, as the German football has not often experienced, he was one of the biggest players of Germany,” enthused Löw about Schweinsteiger. In the coaching staffs of the DFB exist for ex-national players always the possibility “to internship or to sniff,” said Loew.

“Thank you and my teams FC Bayern, Manchester United, Chicago Fire and the German national team – you gave me this incredible time for me,” wrote Schweinsteiger. “And of course I thank my wife Ana Ivanovic and my family for their support.” She can’t wait to see what adventure will be the next in our future with our wonderful little family.I couldn’t be more proud today, we love you! “Tweeted the ex-tennis player.

Former players Philipp Lahm and others, for example, David Alaba or Wayne Rooney sent good wishes to resign. National Team Director Oliver Bierhoff said about Schweinsteiger in Dortmund: “He has always played football with an incredible amount of heart and passion, and his character and presence have always given him great influence in the team.”

With Bayern, the midfielder won eight German championships and seven times the DFB Cup. In 2013, he brought the triple under coach Jupp Heynckes with the Munich, a year later, he triumphed with the national team in the World Cup final in Rio.

In 121 internationals Schweinsteiger scored 24 goals, after the 2014 World Cup, he was captain of the national team until his departure from the DFB jersey after the European Championship in 2016. “Forever one of us #MiaSanMia”, tweeted the FC Bayern as well as: “FOOTBALL GOD, FOOTBALL GOD, FOOTBALL GOD …” Chicago Fire thanked the website in large letters in German: “Thank you Basti”.

The athletic arguments to play yet another season at Chicago Fire were limited. The team from Illinois prematurely missed the participation in the playoffs. The final 5-2 victory on Sunday at Orlando City was sporty meaningless. Schweinsteiger played one last time and celebrated the goals.

In his 85 games, the former midfielder, who had accumulated two years for Manchester United before his move to the United States, scored eight goals and prepared 15. Only in 2017 he played a game in the playoffs. How was the case during his time in Munich, Schweinsteiger was considered a crowd pleaser in Chicago.

With his wife, the former tennis player Ivanović, and their two children, the former Bayern professional, whose career had picked up speed during the 2006 World Cup, seems to feel very comfortable in the “Windy City”.

Whatever Schweinsteiger plans to do, football fans in Germany will be treated in the same way as Löw, who formulated almost pathetically on Tuesday: “Each of us has a picture of his career in mind, the final in Maracanã 2014. He is covered in blood, stands He was a great player, he was also a great personality, so I know him, always open, always honest, always empathetic to the fans. “