At the end of the summer when his contract expires, Bayern Munich midfielder Xabi Alonso has confirmed that he will be retiring from football. He claims it was a hard decision to make, but he’d rather do it sooner than later and now felt like like the right time.
The man that has recieved honours from Liverpool, Read Madrid and Bayern announced the news through twitter. He simply put “Lived it. Loved it. Farewell beautiful game” followed by a picture of himself walking away, waving his hand and carrying his footie boots in the other. Quite touching if I’m honest.
Lived it. Loved it.
Farewell beautiful game. pic.twitter.com/1aSN7GGNzZ
— Xabi Alonso (@XabiAlonso) March 9, 2017
You may remember when Alonso joined Liverpool back in 2004, moving from Real Socieded. He was part of a famous Champions League victory in Istanbul in his first season when the Reds came back from 3-0 down at half time to beat AC Milan on penalties. Later in 2009, Alonso moved to Real Madrid and won a second Champions League, as well as the Spanish title. 2014 saw him take a switch to Germany where he has contributed towards Bayern’s two Bundesliga titles as well as reaching the quarter-finals of this year’s Champions League.
In total, Alonso played 114 times for spain and scored 16 goals. The national side won the European Championships in 2008 and 2012 as well as the South African World Cup in 2010. His final contribution to the country was during the 2014 Brazil World Cup.