Bastian Schweinsteiger is a retired German professional footballer who played as a midfielder. He is regarded as one of the greatest midfielders of his generation and a key member of the German national team that won the 2014 FIFA World Cup in Brazil.
Schweinsteiger spent 17 seasons playing for Bayern Munich, making 500 appearances and winning numerous trophies, before ending his career after spells with Manchester United and Chicago Fire. He was renowned for his passing, vision, technical ability, leadership and clutch performances in big matches.
Bastian Schweinsteiger’s Net Worth and Salary
According to Bastian Schweinsteiger’s net worth is estimated to be around $75 million.
In his peak years at Bayern Munich, Schweinsteiger earned a salary of $7.4 million per year. When he signed with Manchester United in 2015, his salary was $18.2 million per year. Even in his final season with Chicago Fire in MLS, he still had an annual salary of over $5.6 million.
The vast majority of his net worth has come from his salaries and bonuses over a trophy-laden club career spanning 17 years. He was one of the highest-earning footballers during his peak. Sponsorship deals with brands like Adidas, Panasonic and Beats by Dre have also contributed to his wealth.
Bastian Schweinsteiger’s Age and Early Life
Bastian Schweinsteiger was born on 1 August 1984 in Kolbermoor, West Germany. He is currently 39 years old.
He grew up in a sporting family with his father being a ski instructor and his mother working as a tennis instructor. His brother Tobias was also a footballer who played for Bayern Munich’s reserve team.
From a young age, Schweinsteiger played for his hometown club FC Bayern Munich. He joined the Bayern youth academy in 1998 when he was 14 years old.
Bastian Schweinsteiger’s Football Career and Achievements
Early Career at Bayern Munich
Schweinsteiger signed his first professional contract with Bayern Munich in July 2002 at the age of 18. He made his professional debut that year on 6 November, coming on as a substitute in a Champions League match against RC Lens.
The next season he established himself as a regular first team player despite his young age of 19. Primarily playing on the left wing early in his career, he made 35 appearances in the 2003-04 season, scoring 4 goals.
Switch to Central Midfield and Rise to Stardom
It was the arrival of manager Felix Magath in 2005 that led to Schweinsteiger moving to central midfield, a position where he would cement himself as one of the world’s best over the next decade.
His ability as a box-to-box midfielder with skills, vision, passing range and ball-winning ability made him a perfect fit alongside holding midfielder Mark van Bommel. Over the next few years, Schweinsteiger developed into the heartbeat of the Bayern Munich team.
Schweinsteiger was instrumental in Bayern’s domestic double-winning campaign in 2005-06. A year later in 2007, he really announced himself on the world stage by scoring a sublime match-winning goal in the Champions League last-16 against Real Madrid.
2010 FIFA World Cup and Champions League Glory
The 2009-10 season was a career-defining year for Schweinsteiger. He established himself as the finest midfielder in Germany and helped his national team reach the semi-finals of the 2010 FIFA World Cup in South Africa.
Schweinsteiger played a starring role for Bayern too as they reached the 2010 Champions League final, although they ultimately lost to Jose Mourinho’s Inter Milan. But Schweinsteiger would come back stronger from that disappointment.
2013: Historic UEFA Champions League Triumph
The 2012-13 season saw Schweinsteiger become the first German to reach 500 appearances for Bayern Munich.
He was a leader and role model for the next generation of young Bayern talents like Thomas Muller and Toni Kroos. And Schweinsteiger would finally get his hands on the one trophy missing from his collection – the UEFA Champions League.
In an all-German 2013 final against Borussia Dortmund at Wembley, he brilliantly set up Mario Mandzukic’s opener with a defense-splitting pass to deliver a historic 2-1 victory.
Table: Bastian Schweinsteiger’s Major Honors at Bayern Munich
|Number of Titles
|2003, 2005, 2006, 2008, 2010, 2013, 2014, 2015
|2003, 2005, 2006, 2008, 2010, 2013, 2014, 2016
|2010, 2012, 2016, 2017, 2018
|UEFA Champions League
|FIFA Club World Cup
He ended up winning eight Bundesliga titles, seven DFB Pokal cups, and a prestigious treble in 2013 comprising the Champions League, Bundesliga and DFB Pokal.
2014 World Cup Triumph with Germany
The pinnacle of Schweinsteiger’s illustrious career came at the 2014 FIFA World Cup in Brazil. He was the heartbeat of Joachim Low’s dominant German side that went on to win the country’s first World Cup since 1990.
Despite struggling with injuries leading up to the tournament, Schweinsteiger shone in midfield alongside Sami Khedira and Toni Kroos. He even played on with injuries in the final against Argentina to help Germany clinch the trophy.
The 30-year-old went on to be named the Man of the Match in the final for his warrior-like performance, playing 120 minutes to ensure Germany became world champions with a 1-0 victory in extra time.
Bastian Schweinsteiger’s Time at Manchester United
Bastian Schweinsteiger left Bayern after 500 appearances and 17 seasons, moving to English giants Manchester United in July 2015 for a transfer fee believed to be around €9 million. He signed a 3-year deal reportedly worth $18.2 million a year in wages.
Schweinsteiger got off to a good start in the Premier League under manager Louis van Gaal and was immediately handed the captain’s armband. But van Gaal was soon sacked and replaced by Jose Mourinho, with whom Schweinsteiger would have a frosty relationship.
He struggled for playing time under ‘The Special One’ and made just 4 appearances in his second season at the club. Following an injury in March 2017 and having fallen drastically out of favor under Mourinho, Schweinsteiger moved to American MLS club Chicago Fire.
In total the German played 35 times for Manchester United, scoring 2 goals and assisting 6, while winning the FA Cup in 2016. But his stint can be considered a disappointment as he failed to consistently produce his world class Bayern Munich form.
Bastian Schweinsteiger’s Chicago Fire Spell and Retirement
Looking for more game time as his career wound down, Schweinsteiger signed for Chicago Fire in March 2017, reuniting with former Bayern Munich teammate Arjen Robben.
Schweinsteiger became one of the star attractions in MLS during his season and a half spell with Chicago. He made 55 appearances for the Fire, scoring 8 goals and assisting 15.
On 8 October 2019, Schweinsteiger announced his retirement from professional football via Twitter, just two days after his last appearance for Chicago Fire. At the age of 35, his trophy-laden football journey had come to an end.
The veteran of 121 caps for Germany, Schweinsteiger, featured in 12 seasons of UEFA Champions League action, making 103 appearances in Europe’s elite competition in total.
He will undoubtedly go down as a Bayern Munich and German national team legend after a fantastic career laden with titles.
Bastian Schweinsteiger’s Relationship and Personal Life
Bastian Schweinsteiger has been married to retired Serbian professional tennis player Ana Ivanovic since July 2016. They have two sons together and currently reside in Chicago.
Schweinsteiger met Ivanovic at a dinner party organized by Adidas in 2014 and they soon started dating. He was previously linked to model Sarah Brandner for a number of years.
Away from football Schweinsteiger enjoys playing golf, snowboarding and surfing. He speaks fluent English, French and Spanish in addition to his native German.
He runs his own merchandise line called Stige 7 to commemorate his jersey numbers. Bastian is also involved in charity work and annual celebrity football games supporting organizations like SOS Children’s Villages and YoungWings.
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Bastian Schweinsteiger enjoyed a trophy-laden career spanning 17 years and over 500 matches for German giants Bayern Munich. The versatile midfielder won it all at club level and also reached the pinnacle for his national team, lifting the World Cup trophy in 2014.
Regarded as one of the greatest midfielders of his generation, Schweinsteiger had the passing ability, vision, technical skills and intelligence to control games at the highest level. He embodied the heart and soul of both Bayern Munich and the German national team for over a decade.
Even during his disappointing spell at Manchester United and his late career MLS stint with Chicago Fire, Schweinsteiger maintained world class professionalism, class and dedication. He overcame injuries and adversity to remain effective into his mid-30s before retiring in October 2019.
Very few footballers can match Bastian Schweinsteiger’s combination of talent, titles, longevity and impact at the peak of the sport. The legendary midfield maestro cemented his legacy as a Bayern Munich and German icon.
What is Bastian Schweinsteiger’s current net worth?
As of 2023, Bastian Schweinsteiger’s net worth is estimated to be $75 million. He was one of the highest earning footballers during his peak at Bayern Munich.
How many trophies did Bastian Schweinsteiger win with Bayern Munich?
Schweinsteiger won 23 major trophies with Bayern Munich, including 8 Bundesliga titles, 7 DFB-Pokal cups and the Champions League in 2013.
What position did Bastian Schweinsteiger play?
Bastian Schweinsteiger played as a versatile central midfielder, initially on the wing before cementing himself as a world-class box-to-box midfielder for both Bayern Munich and Germany.
Who is Bastian Schweinsteiger married to?
Bastian Schweinsteiger has been married to former world No. 1 tennis player Ana Ivanovic of Serbia since 2016. They currently reside in Chicago with their two sons.
At what age did Bastian Schweinsteiger retire?
Schweinsteiger retired in October 2019 at the age of 35, after a 20-year professional career in which he played over 500 games for Bayern Munich.