Retiring Lahm ignoring Ancelotti's 'every day' pleas to stay on

It's the final matchday of the Bundesliga season but, more importantly for most Bayern Munich fans, it's also the final game in the career of Philipp Lahm-one of the best and most important players in the rich history of the German giants.

Jurgen Klopp says Bayern would not find things as easy as they do in the Bundesliga if they were a Premier League club.

"He has played for many years at a world-class level and I have always felt it a great pleasure and personal enrichment to work with him and to discuss football".

"I'll remember my first league title, my first cup, the Champions League", he continued, "but I'll also remember the defeats - that's also part of football".

The match is set to be an occasion to celebrate the 33-year-old defender's time at the club, since the championship is already wrapped up by Bayern.

Arjen Robben handed Carlo Ancelotti's side the lead after an assist from Alonso in the fourth minute, before Arturo Vidal doubled Bayern's lead in the 73rd minute.

Former Liverpool midfielder Alonso's career includes two Champions League triumphs, four domestic titles, including three with Bayern, as well as the 2010 World Cup and the 2008 and 2012 European Championships with Spain. I thought about it a lot and am now looking forward to the time after hanging up my boots.

Because nothing says "Bundesliga champions celebration" quite like a rendition of some of the American singer-songwriter's more recognisable songs, Anastacia was booked as the half-time entertainment for Bayern's game with Freiburg on Saturday afternoon, and my, didn't she put on a show? "My wife is thrilled".

"I love his professionalism and his quality".

The World Cup-winning Germany worldwide has spent the last three seasons at the Bernabeu and has become an integral part of head coach Zinedine Zidane's starting line-up since the Frenchman took the top job with Los Blancos.

Not just the Catalan boss, but his finest player ever, Lionel Messi was in awe of the Gentle German, as he called him, "just the most consistent player you'll ever see".

Lahm left open the door of a return some time down the line, refusing to rule out a potential return in the future.

  • Julie Sanders