Italy goalkeeper Gianluigi Buffon and former teammates Bastian Schweinsteiger and Toni Kroos have led the tributes to Philipp Lahm following the Bayern Munich captain’s final match for the club.

Lahm retired from football after Bayern’s 4-1 win over Freiburg on the final day of the Bundesliga season and the 33-year-old’s standing in the game was soon highlighted by reaction from around the world.

Watch: Lahm bids Bayern a fond farewell

Buffon faced Lahm many times at both club and international level and the 39-year-old Juventus netminder recorded a video in order to praise the talented full-back.

“Dear Philipp,” Buffon said. “I heard that after winning every kind of trophy in your career you decided to stop.

“Well, what I want to tell you is that, for me, it’s been a big honour to play against you because every time you were very determined but also very fair. Good luck for the future in football or any other field of your life.”

NBA champion Dirk Nowitzki admired Lahm’s career from afar and the Dallas Maverick star also took to social media to praise his compatriot:

“Dear Philip, congratulations on your great, great career. International and national - you’ve won everything. You’re a World Cup winner too. So you can be super proud of everything you’ve achieved.”

Lahm was Germany’s captain when they won the World Cup in 2014 and with Bayern he won eight Bundesliga titles, the DFB Cup six times and the Champions League once.

Many of his ex-Germany and Bayern team mates, including Chicago Fire midfielder Schweinsteiger, made sure to wish Lahm well.

Schweinsteiger invited his old colleague to visit him in the United States now that he will have more time on his hands, while Real Madrid’s former Bayern midfielder Kroos also tweeted his admiration.

“One of the best I’ve played with is retiring today,” Kroos wrote. “Enjoy your retirement.”

Mesut Özil, another Germany international, also had some special words of praise for the brilliant Bavarian.

He wrote: “What a career! All the best for your future! #DankePhilipp #Worldchampion.”

Germany manager Joachim Löw, who lifted the World Cup with Lahm in Brazil, was also asked to reflect on the career of a player who made over 500 appearances for Bayern and won 113 caps for his country.

“Philipp is one of the best footballers ever,” Löw said. “Not just because he’s a World Cup-winning captain that puts him on the same level as Fritz Walter, Franz Beckenbauer and Lothar Matthäus.

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“He’s been world class for so many years, for his club and country. It’s always been a real joy and personally enriching for me to work with him and talk about football.

“Philipp has a lot of interests away from football that he likes to talk about. He now has more time for his family and I wish him all the best and hope he will continue to be involved in German football in some way or another.”

Many people had already paid glowing tributes to Lahm once he announced his decision to retire in February. Pep Guardiola, his former boss at Bayern, said that the versatile campaigner was “an exceptional person and exceptional player.”

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“Philipp was and is one of the special persons in my life,” the Manchester City manager said. “It is not easy for a Catalan guy to go to Germany after the triple and to start to learn Deutsch and (be) involved in that culture. He helped me a lot on and off the pitch.

“He is one of the most fantastic players I ever trained in my life. Even talking about the most intelligent players – he is one of them. Football is going to miss one of the best players I’ve ever seen. He can play in 10 positions - no problems - because he understands the game perfectly.

“I know when I come back to Munich to see my friends he will be there. And that is the most precious gift one trainer can have. It was a huge honour for me to be his manager.”

Watch: Lahm's emotional farewell speech at Marienplatz

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