All roads lead to Rome, but Roma can also lead to retirement. Without knowing it, Franck Ribéry will have played the last game of his career with Salernitana on August 14 against José Mourinho’s team on match day 1 of Serie A (0-1). At the start of the second half, the attacking midfielder played thirty-six minutes in what will be his last as a professional.
The pain took over. Ribéry has been absent since mid-August and has undergone several investigations that have led to the same observation. His knees buckled. His cartilage sounds hollow. The pain only increased to the point where I had to say stop. The official announcement is imminent, as reported by Italian media this Friday morning. The final gossip sounds in this gloomy beginning of autumn, at 39.5 years. The Salernitana captain, still wearing the armband in the first competitive game of the season against Parma (0-2, 7 August) in the Italian Cup, was dreaming of a final round to celebrate his 40th anniversary (7 April). highest level.
With his surprise move to Salernitana in the summer of 2021, the French international (81 caps, 16 goals) had added another year in case of maintenance. Nobody but him would have thought this miracle possible with the smallest budget of the Series A (45M€). In the sprint, Salernitana ended up just above the relegation zone (17th) after a change of shareholders during the season. Franck Ribéry had played twenty-three league games for three assists. The little guy from Chemin Vert in Boulogne-sur-Mer will have met seven professional clubs in three decades between Brest, Metz, Galatasaray, Marseille, Bayern Munich, Fiorentina and Salernitana.
Salernitana ambassadors until the end of the season
He too will have spent eight years in the French team before the 2006 World Cup, until he threw in the towel at the 2014 World Cup after a dispute with the tricolor. Having arrived at Bayern Munich in the summer of 2007, “Kaiser Franck” hovered over Munich. The big German club had spent 26 million euros (plus 4 million bonuses) to buy him from OM. In twelve years at Bayern, the attacking midfielder will win 23 major titles, including 9 Bundesliga and one Champions League in 2013.
This season will be his most successful with all possible titles apart from the Ballon d’Or which was awarded at the time France football and mastered by FIFA where he finished 3rd behind Cristiano Ronaldo and Lionel Messi. His saga with Bayern is probably not over yet. The six-time European champion gave him a changeover. It is written. In the meantime, however, he will remain on the Amalfi Coast as an ambassador for Salernitana until the end of the season, with whom he is preparing an amicable contract termination as a player.