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Ballack bids farewell

Published 1740 GMT (0140 HKT) June 6, 2013
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Former Germany international Michael Ballack brought the curtain down on his 17-year playing career with a match in Leipzig on Wednesday night. Getty Images
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. Boris Streubel/Bongarts/Getty Images
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. Boris Streubel/Bongarts/Getty Images
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. Boris Streubel/Bongarts/Getty images
The Germany coach Joachim Low was in attendance, along with tennis legend and Bayern Munich fan Boris Becker. Alexander Hassenstein/Bongarts/Getty Images
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. Alexander Hassenstein/Bongarts/Getty images