Bastian Schweinsteiger is reckoned to be one of the most successful sportsmen out of his native country of Germany. The talented football player had the longest and most successful stint of his career at top-tier German club Bayern Munich. He won several trophies during his 17-year spell with the club including 8 Bundesliga titles and one UEFA Champions League title.
He joined English football club Manchester United in 2015 where he played sparingly for a year an a half. The football star ultimately moved to Major League Soccer club Chicago Fire in early 2017. On the international front, Schweinsteiger played for the German National Team between 2004 and 2016. Among other highlights of his international career, he was a part of the country’s victorious team which clinched the 2014 FIFA World Cup.
Bastian Schweinsteiger’s Age
Bastian Schweinsteiger was born on August 1, 1984, in Kolbermoor, West Germany. Growing up, he displayed exceptional talents both in skiing and in football such that he considered going professional in either of the two. He began his amateur football career at age 6 with FV Oberaudorf and later joined German Association football club TSV 1860 Rosenheim where he had a 6-season stint.
Schweinsteiger made the most notable move of his career when he joined Bayern Munich as a youth team player in 1998. He swiftly made his way through the club’s youth team, the climax of which was winning the German youth championship in July 2002. This earned him a promotion to the club’s first team and by November 2002, he marked his debut as a substitute in a UEFA Champions League match against RC Lens. In just a few minutes of play, the talented player was able to create a scoring chance for teammate Markus Feulner. Expectedly, he penned a professional contract with Bayern in December 2002 which marked the beginning of one of the most-decorated professional football careers in recent times.
Schweinsteiger played exactly 500 matches scoring 68 goals across all competitions during his 17-season stint with Bayern Munich. During his highly successful stint with the club, he won some of the most coveted trophies in club football including 8 Bundesliga titles, 7 DFB-Pokal titles, 1 UEFA Champions League title (2012–13), 1 FIFA Club World Cup title (2013) and 1 UEFA Super Cup title (2013). He was also named Germany’s footballer of the year in 2013.
On July 13, 2015, Bastian Schweinsteiger joined English Premier League club Manchester United on a 3-year deal. He made history as the first German to be fielded in the club’s first team. Among other high points of his short spell with United, he was a part of the team that won the 2016 FA Cup. In March 2017, the veteran footballer completed an intercontinental move to America’s Major League Soccer side Chicago Fire.
Just like his club football career, Bastian Schweinsteiger also had an illustrious run as a member of the German national team from 2004 to 2016. He played for the country at 4 European Championships (2004, 2008, 2012 & 2016) and 3 World Cups (2006, 2010 & 2014). For obvious reasons, the highlight of his international career was clinching the 2014 FIFA World Cup with Germany. He was named the captain of the team following Philip Lahm’s retirement in September 2014. Bastian earned a total of 121 caps and scored 24 goals during his 12-year career as a German international. He ultimately retired from international football on August 31, 2016.
His Net Worth
Following Schweinsteiger’s multimillion-dollar move to Chicago Fire in the Spring of 2017, he became one of the highest-paid players in the Major League Soccer. The German-born football star is definitely no stranger to the top-earners chart as he commanded even higher salaries during his time in Europe. His net worth is pegged at an astonishing $80 million. As expected, the greater chunk of this sum comes from his career earnings and several lucrative endorsement deals.
Schweinsteiger’s Wife and Family
Bastian Schweinsteiger forms one half of a celebrity couple as he is married to a fellow sports star. He is currently married to a retired professional tennis player and former world No. 1 Ana Ivanovic.
The duo got together in September 2014 and after dating for 2 years, they tied the knot on July 12, 2016. Theirs was an intimate ceremony held in Venice, Italy. The picture-perfect couple welcomed their first child on March 17, 2018, a son named Luka.
Height and Other Body Measurements
Bastian Schweinsteiger is 6 feet (183 cm) in height and maintains his athletic physique at a body weight of 79 kg (174 lb). He has a chest circumference of 42 inches (107 cm) and his biceps and waist sizes are 14 inches (35.5 cm) and 31 inches (79 cm) respectively.