DFL President Dr. Reinhard Rauball and CEO Christian Seifert have heaped praise on retiring Bayern Munich captain Philipp Lahm.

DFL President Dr. Reinhard Rauball:

"Philipp Lahm leaves the Bundesliga undoubtedly as one of the outstanding players in German football history. He is a great sporting figure, and his success - from the triumph at the 2014 World Cup in Brazil to the record of eight German championships and the "Treble" of 2013 - speaks for itself. In addition, Philipp Lahm as a fair sportsman who was always a model, especially for his many young fans, who seek to emulate him."

DFL CEO Christian Seifert:

"Philipp Lahm has written football history. On his unique career I can only tip my hat and congratulate him on what he has achieved in a one and a half decades of his professional career. With exceptional constancy, he was a top performer at Bayern Munich and in the national team. In addition, Philipp Lahm proved his great quality as a leader, far beyond his role on the pitch and as a captain. He was an outstanding ambassador to the Bundesliga."