One of the greatest careers in European soccer history is coming to an end. Bayern Munich captain and the Germany National Team defensive star Phillip Lahm, after 18 years with the club and national team. The 33-year old is ready to retire at the end of the season.

He played with, and was captain of the German national team when they won the World Cup 2014, in Brazil.  His team dismantled Brazil 7-1, before they defeated Argentina in the final 1-0.  He is a legend in the Allianz Arena in Munich. He has been the captain of Bayern Munich for the past six seasons. 

The team has been the most successful team in the Bundesliga.  He has spent his entire career with the club, barring two years on loan with Stuttgart from 2003-2005.

Lahm just completed his 500th game for the club.  The news of his retirement came as kind of a shock to the team. According to him, he has been planning to leave the team since last year.  Bayern expects him to stay in some sort of management or chair role.

Lahn has been involved in three UEFA Champions League Finals, where his team was finawlly able to win the title over their rivals in the Bundesliga Borussia Dortmund in 2013.  They were runner-ups in back-to-back Champions League Finals.  

The team has claimed the Bundesliga title for the past four years, The DFB-Pokal 6 times, DFL-Super Cup 3 times, UEFA Super Cup, and the FIFA Club World Cup in 2013.  

His stellar career and consistency has earned him prestigious individual awards both professionally, and also internationally.

When it came with Bayern Munich, Lahm was chosen to the UEFA Euro All-Time 11, and the UEFA Ultimate Team of the year.  The award goes to players that have had stellar performances, and selected to various All-Star teams throughout UEFA play.

The list includes stars Carlos Puyol, Xavi, Steven Gerrard, Thierry Henry, and Lionel Messi.

Lahm has also had a lucrative international career as well, with the German National Team. He has been on the FIFA World Cup All-Star in 2006 and in 2014, the FIFA World Cup Dream team in 2006, FIFA Club World Cup Silver Ball, and the list goes on and on for this amazing German.  

He has done and won it all.  He has had an amazing career professionally and also internationally.  He will continue to play with Bayern Munich for the rest of season.  They are in the round of 16 in the CL this year.  They will face the team they love to eliminate, Arsenal.  

After it is all said and done, Phillip Lahm will go down as one of the greatest soccer players in the world. It was a privilege to watch him play and dominate the pitch with his defense and alertness.  

He is expected to take an office role, but that is still to be confirmed, or announced. 

He is a perfect example of a marvelous, yet consistent player. He may not play a position that is considered flashy, but the position he did play, he played it damn-near perfect.