Phillip Lahm got the pleasure of leaving the international scene with a World Cup trophy.

He retired after Germany’s triumph in Brazil 3 years ago – ending the season with Bayern falling to Madrid in the quarter final of this season’s Champions League – on the back of 3 consecutive semi-final exits. This must have dampened the euphoria during his exit and perhaps denied him the reality of how he pictured the end of his club career.

The 33-year old left the Bavarians football club alongside teammate Xabi Alonsoafter leading Bayern to yet another league title making it hiseighthin an illustrious career that spanned over16 years.

Failure to land another UCL on the season he departed will however leave a very faint dent on the memories left behind by the Munich-born right back.

In winning the World Cup, Champions League, 8 league titles and 6 domestic cups such faint dents will remain what they are: faint. They will be erased sooner than later.

For the Bayern faithful, lingering thoughts of such will be the last thing in their memory. That of a onetime captain who gave his all for the better of the team will prevail in their fond remembrance of him.From being the best in his position in the world where only Dani Alves could rival him to slotting seamlessly into the midfield of the Bavarians in one of Pep Guardiola’s crazy tweaks, Lahm confirmed as not just a competent footballer but also intelligent one.

Recent times have seen Phillip’s speed slow down and with Joshua Kimmich around the corner to take over the baton plus having won every trophy he could possibly win during his time at Bayern, his retirement makes perfect sense for all parties involved.
Farewell Lahm.

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