Former Germany captain Michael Ballack retires from football

Former German player Michael Ballack has announced his retirement from professional football. He also played in the English Premier League, for Chelsea.

updated: October 02, 2012 22:22 IST
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Frankfurt: Former German captain Michael Ballack announced his retirement on Tuesday bringing the curtain down on a stellar career.

Having turned 36 at the end of last month, Ballack has been without a team after his two-year deal at Bundesliga side Bayer Leverkusen expired in June.

Since leaving Leverkusen, Ballack had been reported to be negotiating with clubs in north America's MSL and Australia's A-League, but has decided to hang up his boots.

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