Philipp Lahm, the former captain of the German national team has signified his intention to quit playing professional soccer when the curtain of the 2016/2017 season closes.

He made this known shortly after the emphatic win against Wolfsburg in the German cup last night. “I will end my career at the end of the season,” the Bayern Munich captain told reporters after the match. He went on to disclose that it is a decision he has contemplated for some time.

“I’ve been considering it for more than the past year, that you have to keep testing yourself. But you have to keep asking yourself ‘how is it?,’ day by day, week by week on the training pitch. What’s the feeling you have?”  He also disclosed he has informed his club about the decision.

A Bayern Munich product, Lahm has made 501 appearances for the club since his senior debut in 2002, winning the Bundesliga title seven times, plus the UEFA Champions League.

He also captained his national side, the “German Machines,” to the 2014 World Cup where they were crowned the eventual winners.