Who is Bastian Schweinsteiger?
Bastian Schweinsteiger is a retired German professional football player who is renowned for his amazing football career with Bayern Munich. He is considered one of the greatest midfielders of all time due to his impressive tackling ability and his control over the midfield which is due to his ability to read the flow of games. During his time with Bayern, he was pivotal in helping them clinch several trophies which include a UEFA Champions League title, and a FIFA Club World Cup. Throughout his football career, he has only played for three clubs; Bayern Munich, Manchester United and Chicago Fire. In this article, we will be talking about his net worth, salary, career, number, and wife.
Bastian Schweinsteiger Early Life
Schweinsteiger came to this world on the 1st of August, 1984 to Monika and Alfred Schweinsteiger in Kolbermoor, Germany. Growing up, he developed two hobbies, one playing football and the other being skiing, which resulted in him having to choose which sport he should pursue professionally. Well, we know what he picked. On the 1st of July 1998, the Kolbermoor-born midfielder joined Bayern Munich as a youth team player, and in 2002 he won the German youth championship, resulting in him earning a spot in the reserves following the performances he displayed for the team.
Bastian Schweinsteiger Career & Retirement
Schweinsteiger played in Bayern Munich’s reserve team for two seasons before he was able to break into the senior team at the age of 18, when he came in as a late substitute in a UEFA Champions League game against RC Lens in November 2002. He was an instant impact in the game as he dropped an assist for Markus Feulner before the full whistle. Schweinsteiger was immediately offered a professional contract, and he went on to help the team lift a domestic double; Bundesliga and German Cup. His first goal for the club was scored against VFL Wolfsburg in September 2003.
Schweinsteiger went on to play for Bayern Munich for 13 seasons and helped the German club lift eight Bundesliga trophies, seven DFB Pokal, DFB Ligapokal, DFL Supercup, one UEFA Champions League, one UEFA Super Cup and one FIFA Club World Cup. He scored 68 goals and created 100 assists in his 500 appearances for the German club. He was nicknamed “Basti” & “Mr Calm” by fans for his composure and his impressive ability in the midfield. His career with the Bavarians was no doubt astounding, as it was where he made his name known across the globe and also where he was made a legend.
He moved to Premier League club Manchester United in the summer of 205 for €9 million, and he was handed the number 31 jersey to become the first German player to play in United’s first team. However, his stay at Old Trafford didn’t last long as he opted to part ways with them after one and a half years with the English club. Schweinsteiger moved to the United States to join the Chicago Fire of the Major League Soccer. He was an instant impact on the team as he played a pivotal role for the team to push them to the top of the MLS table. He played for three seasons in the US before finally retiring from football on the 8th of October, 2019.
Schweinsteiger was an important figure in the German national team as he led the team to achieve the third position in the 2010 FIFA World Cup and 2006 FIFA Confederations Cup. His quality and brilliance in the midfield were displayed in the 2014 FIFA World Cup as he helped the German national team clinch the world title. After scoring 24 goals and creating 39 assists in 121 appearances, Bastian Schweinsteiger retired from international football in June 2016.
Bastian Schweinsteiger Net Worth & Salary
Bastian Schweinsteiger currently has a net worth of $90 million as of 2022. While most of it is due to lucrative deals he signed on and off the pitch during his football career, he was one of the highest-paid players in the MLS, earning $14 million per year as his salary.
Bastian Schweinsteiger Number
Ever since he broke into Bayern Munich senior team at the age of 18, Bastian Schweinsteiger has been putting on the number 31 jersey and it didn’t change throughout his career with the German club. The number 31 jersey was also handed to him when he moved to Manchester United and Chicago Fire. For the German senior team, he wore the number 7 till he retired from international football.
Bastian Schweinsteiger Wife
Schweinsteiger got married to a famous tennis player and former World champion, Ana Ivanovic. The sports couple tied the knot in July 2016 having dated each other two years before the marriage.
Ivanovic is a former world champion in the tennis world, and she is a grand slam winner. She has several honours and awards to her name before she retired from tennis is the same year Schweinsteiger retired from international football; the same year they got married too.
Schweinsteiger and Ivanovic are blessed with two children; Luka born on the 17th of March 2018 and another son, whose name was not disclosed, on the 20th of August 2019.
Bastian Bastian Schweinsteiger Facts: Did You Know?
Then-German head coach Joachim Löw regarded Schweinsteiger as one of the greatest players the country has ever produced.
Schweinsteiger can play as a holding midfielder, attacking midfielder, playmaker, deep-lying midfielder and a right-back.
He was named the best German player in 2013.
Schweinsteiger was given the Bavarian Order of Merit in 2018.
He was inducted into Bayern Munich’s Hall of Fame in 2018.