Ballack bids farewell – Former Germany international Michael Ballack brought the curtain down on his 17-year playing career with a match in Leipzig on Wednesday night.
Ballack bids farewell – A capacity 44,000 crowd attended the game between a World XI and a Germany XI to salute Ballack's career which saw him play for Kaiserslautern, Bayer Leverkusen and Bayern Munich in Germany, and Chelsea in England.
Ballack bids farewell – Former Ukraine international Andriy Shevchenko, who played with Ballack at Chelsea, and Bayer Leverkusen's Andre Schurrle, who has been linked with a move to London, celebrate the latter's goal in a match that ended 4-3 to the German XI. Ballack scored a hat-trick.
Ballack bids farewell – The World XI was coached by Jose Mourinho, who was Ballack's manager at Chelsea. It was confirmed this week that Mourinho had returned to Stamford Bridge after leaving Real Madrid.
Ballack bids farewell – The Germany coach Joachim Low was in attendance, along with tennis legend and Bayern Munich fan Boris Becker.
Ballack bids farewell – A host of stars turned out for Ballack's match, who became emotional when he left the field in the 83rd minute as Frank Sinatra's 'My Way' rang round the stadium.