Regarded as one of the most gifted midfielders to have ever graced a footballing field, Bastian Schweinsteiger was born on this day in 1984.
Capped more than 120 times for Germany, Schweinsteiger started his footballing career with Bayern Munich at a very tender age. Schweinsteiger was also very talented ski player, hence, he had a dilemma as to whether be a footballer player or be ski player. It turns out, he chose the former and the move worked wonders for the German.
Many might not know, but Schweinsteiger was a complete trouble off the field during his young age and grabbed many headlines for all wrong reasons.
Progressing through Bayern Munich’s youth academy, it was Ottmar Hitzfeld under whom Schweinsteiger made his debut for the Bavarians. He soon established himself as a first team regular. His early exploits saw him earning a spot in Germany’s national team and his major tournament for the Die Mannschaft came in form for Euro 2004.
“Schweini” or “Basti” as he is fondly known by many, Bastian spent 13 seasons with Bayern Munich, making 500 appearances and in the process, won 8 Bundesliga honours, 7 DFB-Pokal titles, one Champions League, one UEFA Super Cup and one Club World Cup. In July 2015, he decided to join his former manager Louis van Gaal at Manchester United.
In his first season with the Devils, he only managed 18 Premier League appearances and soon after Mourinho’s arrival, he was axed from the first team and was made to train alone. Finally in March this year, he decided to join the MLS outfit Chicago Fire.