Much decorated and respected Xabi Alonso, the Bayern Munich midfielder, has announced he will retire at the end of the current season.
He is 35.
Lived it. Loved it.— Xabi Alonso (@XabiAlonso) March 9, 2017
Farewell beautiful game. pic.twitter.com/1aSN7GGNzZ
The Spaniard signed for Liverpool from Real Sociedad in 2004 and was a key part of Liverpool’s memorable Champions League winning side.
Liverpool were 3-0 down to AC Milan in Istanbul only to comeback and win the the game on penalties.
He moved to
Real Madrid in 2009 and won a second Champions League and the Spanish championship before moving to Bayern Munich where he won two Bundesliga titles.
Bayern are still in this season’s Champions League.
To cap it all he played 114 times for Spain where he won a World Cup medal and two European Championships.
Speaking to Bayern’s TV channel he said:
“It wasn’t an easy decision to make, but I believe it’s the right time.
He added: “I always thought it would be better to quit sooner rather than later. I still feel good, but I believe this is the right moment.”