Chicago Fire midfielder and German great Bastian Schweinsteiger announced his retirement Tuesday.

"Dear fans, the time has now come," the 35-year-old tweeted, two days after the Fire finished the MLS regular season in eighth place in the Eastern Conference.

Schweinsteiger tallied eight goals and 15 assists in 85 games over three seasons with Chicago, including one goal and three assists in 30 matches in 2019.

Schweinsteiger joined the Fire after three years with Manchester United (2015-17) and 17 years with Bayern Munich.

He scored 68 goals in 500 matches with Bayern Munich, winning eight Bundesliga titles, seven DFB-Pokal titles and the 2012-13 UEFA Champions League.

Schweinsteiger also earned 121 caps and scored 24 goals with the German national team from 2004-16, highlighted by a 2014 FIFA World Cup championship.

He thanked his fans, his former cubs and his wife, retired tennis player Ana Ivanovic, for their support in a statement translated from German on his Twitter feed.

"You made this unbelievable time possible for me," Schweinsteiger wrote. "... Saying goodbye as an active player makes me feel a little nostalgic, but I am also looking forward to the exciting challenges that await me soon. I will remain faithful to football. Many, many thanks for the time we spent together. I will always have a place for you in my heart!"

--Field Level Media

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