Ballack blasts former teammate Lahm over captaincy dispute

Date published: Sunday 21st May 2017 1:40

Former Bayern Munich and Germany star Michael Ballack has blasted Philipp Lahm for playing a part in a dispute regarding the German captaincy.

Tributes poured in for Lahm as he played his final game before retirement as Bayern beat Freiburg 4-1 on Sunday.

Xabi Alonso and Tom Starke also played their last games for the club, while the German club have already stated that Lahm will be inducted into the club’s Hall of Fame.

However, Ballack was in no mood to wish his ex-teammate a happy retirement as he made reference to a dispute over the German National Team captaincy.

Lahm was handed the armband as Ballack was forced to miss the 2014 World Cup due to injury, and then stated he wished to keep the role despite Ballack’s possible return.

“I got to know Lahm’s other face,” he told Sport 1 Doppelpass.

“I didn’t know that a player who takes on the role of captain doesn’t have to give it back afterwards. That was a frontal attack.

“I never made the step back to the national team after that incident. I had no chance to do anything against it. The way it took place was absolutely not okay.”

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