3. Bastian Schweinsteiger
The most recent of all the retirements we acknowledge on this list, was one of the most complete German midfielders of all-time. This is another one of those magical players who exuded versatility and elegance. His better years came at Bayern Munich, where he marked an era in world football and won the Treble in 2013.
But we have to give him the biggest credit for leading that German national team that won the 2014 FIFA World Cup against Argentina. Bastian is part of yet another German golden generation of players, this is actually the third one that we get in football history.