Munich - FC Bayern München winger has announced his retirement from international football.

The three-time French player of the year, who missed the 2014 FIFA World Cup owing to a persistent back problem, signs off having scored 16 goals in 81 appearances since making his senior debut in a 1-0 friendly win over Mexico in May 2006.

'Focus on Bayern'


"I've found that the time has come," the 31-year-old told Germany's largest specialist football magazine Kicker. "It's a purely personal decision. I want to dedicate more time to my family and fully focus on Bayern München and leave room for all of the many great young players coming through in the national team. You could see at the World Cup that we don't need to have any worries about France's future."

Ribery is the second Bayern player to hang up his international boots this summer, after decided to close the door on his Germany career on the back of captaining die Nationalmannschaft to their fourth World Cup crown in Brazil.

Here are some of Ribery's most famous moments in Germany, courtesy of the Bundesliga's official YouTube channel: