It is hard to believe, or accept for that matter, that last night was the final time we will ever see Philipp Lahm play in the Champions League.
The 33-year-old, who captained Bayern Munich to 'the cup with the big ears' during their historic 2012/13 treble season, declared earlier this year that he would retire at the end of the current campaign and, as such, thanks to a Cristiano Ronaldo inspired 4-2 defeat at the Bernabeu, last night, 18th April, 2017 marked the final time the great German full-back would ever play in Europe's most prestigious club competition.
The match itself was overshadowed by several controversial refereeing decisions, with Arturo Vidal being harshly sent off and Cristiano Ronaldo's second goal allowed to stand despite the Portuguese forward clearly standing in an offside position when the ball was played.
Vidal and Ribery both took shots at the officials on social media, before subsequently deleting their messages, yet Lahm remained level headed in response to his final Champions League outing, posting a class ridden message on his official Facebook page, this morning.
The message reads, "Despite a strong performance, it was not enough to continue to the semi finals.
"It is a bitter farewell from the UEFA Champions League - especially for me personally, after so many years.
"However, the attitude of the team and their strength to fight against problems, shows big potential - FC Bayern München will be back! #MiaSanMia."
The Bayern skipper's post was calmed than Ribery's now deleted "One year of hard work. Thank you referee. Bravo." comment on Instagram or Bayern manager Carlo Ancelotti's post-match interview in which the Italian coach explained, "I will just say that the referee had a bad game, I spoke to him and I said 'good job'," .
Of course, Ancelotti's wish of good luck was laced with sarcasm, as the former Real boss seeked out referee Viktor Kassai after the final whistle to let him know how poorly he felt he'd officiated the quarter-final second leg.
Lahm, meanwhile, will likely end his career with an eighth Bundesliga title and could also add a seventh DFB Pokal to his haul, should the Bavarians overcome Borussia Dortmund in the semi-finals and one of Mönchengladbach or Eintracht Frankfurt in the final.
(H/T Give Me Sport)
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