Rangers ace Matt Polster has paid tribute to iconic former team-mate Bastian Schweinsteiger after the World Cup winning German announced his retirement from playing after a three-year spell with Major League Soccer’s Chicago Fire bringing the curtain down on a fantastic career with Bayern Munich, Manchester United and the Fire.

Polster and Basti were team-mates with the Men in Red after Schweinsteiger swapped Manchester for the Windy City in 2017 and it was the German’s arrival with Veljko Paunovic’s side that saw Polster switched to playing regularly at right-back.

BRIDGEVIEW, IL - AUGUST 05: Chicago Fire defender Matt Polster (2) and Chicago Fire defender Joao Meira (66) celebrate after the Chicago Fire scored during the match between the New England Revolution and the Chicago Fire on August 5, 2017 at Toyota Park in Bridgeview, Illinois.

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After the Fire failed to make the MLS post-season following a disappointing campaign, Schweinsteiger took to social media to announce his retirement – and Polster shared his own tribute to ‘Der Fußball Gott.’

“Basti – Congratulations on your legendary career!” Polster posted on Instagram.

“It was an honor to play alongside you. Enjoy retirement, can’t wait to see what’s next.”

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During his glittering career, Basti won eight Bundesliga championships, seven DFB-Pokal titles, one FA Cup, a UEFA Champions League triumph and played a key role in Germany’s 2014 World Cup win as well as being selected for the MLS All-star side in two of his three seasons in Chicago.

ORLANDO, FL - OCTOBER 06: Chicago Fire midfielder Bastian Schweinsteiger (31) controls the ball during the soccer match between the Chicago Fire and Orlando City SC on October 6, 2019, at Exploria Stadium in Orlando FL. Rangers

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Polster was viewed by many Fire fans as the long-term successor to Schweinsteiger in midfield before surprisingly leaving Toyota Park at the end of the 2018 season to join Rangers on trial.

Despite not having many opportunities to show what he can do since signing on at Ibrox, the American’s versatility could come in handy over the coming months and after working alongside Schweinsteiger before linking up with another iconic midfielder in Steven Gerrard, Polster served a decent apprenticeship before his Ibrox move.

 

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