19 May, 2017
The day has finally come.
Bayern Munich captain Philipp Lahm has said he hopes Thomas Muller will miss him a little when he retires from football after his final game on Saturday.
"His decision to end his career deserves respect, even as I regret it as do many soccer fans, as I am convinced he has a lot of time to play with". The list of his achievements is nearly endless and, speaking ahead of his final game against Freiburg on Saturday, Lahm admitted that even he himself struggles to identify one particular highlight.
"I hope to have trained him for more than two years but this was destiny, and I was lucky to have two years with him".
Lahm, 33, will lead Bayern out for the final time - on his 517th appearance for the club as the Bundesliga champions celebrate a fifth consecutive title.
He added: "The Champions League final defeats [in 2010 and 2012] were emotional".
But for the true greats of the game, such setbacks only serve to further strengthen an iron will to win - and Philipp Lahm is such a great.
Low told www.dfb.de: "Philipp is one of the best footballers in the world".
"Standing on the pitch every day and going through the tiny details of the game - I don't think that's for me".
"I can not imagine going back to Bayern, it will not happen, so there is no other option for me in Germany". "First of all, I want to take a step back after 22 years at Bayern". "I'll take some time out to learn a few other things, get to know some different people and subjects, then we will see what happens in the future".
"I'll have to see how my life pans out and what happens from week to week".
Until then, there's just the small matter of one last journey to the ground, one last warm-up, one last round of applause from a sold-out Allianz Arena and, Bayern being Bayern, one last Bundesliga trophy to lift.
Speaking to the league, as quoted by their official site, Lahm said: "I started out in central midfield or as a wide attacker on the right [laughs]".