From World Cup's to Bundesliga titles, Bastian Schweinsteiger had enjoyed success in virtually every competition he has played in during an illustrious career that has spanned over a decade.
At the weekend it was confirmed that he has left the club he had played for since the age of 13 to be reunited with Louis van Gaal in Manchester.
A brief history
"Basti", as he was nicknamed in Munich, began his footballing career at FV Oberaudorf in 1990 and quickly became noticed by TSV 1860 Rosenheim, then in the sixth tier of German football, where he played until 1998.
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Schweinsteiger joined Bayern in the same year and swiftly moved up into the senior side, making his debut in a Champions League game against RC Lens in 2002,aged just 18. By the time he scored his first senior goal, in a 3-2 loss against Wolfsburg in 2003, he had already helped Bayern to a league and cup double and established himself as a first-team regular.
For club and country
His achievements for his country are perhaps even more impressive, especially in recent years. Schweinsteiger has made 111 appearances for the German national side and has 23 goals to his name, including two in the 2006 World Cup in his home nation.
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Despite his lack of match fitness he was able to help Germany to World Cup glory last year and became captain of the side following Philipp Lahm's retirement from international football after the competition.
Despite Mario Gomez describing him as the 'midfield motor' owing to his typically efficient, German-like playing style, Schweinsteiger has a fascinating personal life. From an early age his talent for skiing saw him face the tough decision whether to pursue his career in this area or opt for football. He chose football and the rest is history, let's just say we're very glad he did.
He's also a competent drummer, proving he can dictate the rhythm both on and off the pitch. Is there no limit to this man's abilities? Well, apparently yes, supposedly the German international forgot to pack his boots for the trip to South Africa for the 2010 World Cup, demonstrating that he is human after all.
One of the reasons the 30-year-old is still considered one of the world's best players is his versatility. Although he has made his name as a central midfielder, Schweinsteiger started his career at left-back and can perform on either wing.
Van Gaal will most likely play him alongside Ander Herrera or Morgan Schneiderlin in the heart of the midfield. An exciting prospect for any Red Devils fan.
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