Lahm bids emotional farewell as Bayern Munich honour retiring captain

"Lifting the World Cup trophy aloft in the Maracana - and doing so as captain - was an indescribable feeling".

He is also a Champions League, a German Cup and a World cup victor for Bayern Munich and Germany.

Reinhard Rauball and CEO Christian Seifert have heaped praise on retiring Bayern Munich captain Philipp Lahm.

Defensive midfielder Alonso scored Liverpool's crucial third goal in their comeback from 3-0 down at half-time in the 2005 Champions League final against AC Milan, before winning 3-2 in a penalty shoot-out, in Istanbul.

But Alonso brought the partnership to an end when he sealed a £30million move to European heavyweights Real Madrid in the summer of 2009, having made 210 appearances in all competitions for Liverpool.

Bayern, clinching a record fifth-straight title with three games to spare, will want to end the season on a high against sixth-placed Freiburg who are one of the Europa League contenders.

Arjen Robben was first to douse coach Carlo Ancelotti, who later emerged wearing a traditional Bavarian leather-trouser outfit.

The Italian performed a rendition of "I Belong To You" by Eros Ramazzotti and the crowd were all smiles as they watched the decorated manager on stage with the famous singer.

Only a few footballers managed like Lahm to provide such variability to their team as right back, left back, midfield's center or along the right flank.

Starke clawed away a bouncing half-volley from Florian Niederlechner in one of Freiburg's better spells and Bayern thought they had snatched a second through Muller on the break only for Lahm to have strayed offside before setting him up. "For me, it has been a big honour to play against you because every time you were very determined and fair".

Lahm rose in the German football rank from Bayern Munich's youth team, then graduated through Bayern Munich II - the reserve team of Bayern Munich - in 2001. After that I'm just looking forward to the match on Saturday, and all the things that'll also happen. "I very much hope that he will remain in German football, whatever his role".

  • Julie Sanders