Xabi Alonso Confirms Retirement

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Madrid: Bayern Munich midfielder Xabi Alonso has confirmed he will retire at the end of the season. The former Spain midfielder’s 18th season as a professional will be his last, bringing down the curtain on a glittering career at club level and with his country.

Xabi Alonso was part of Spain’s successful World Cup team in 2010, as well as their European Championship-winning squads in 2008 and 2012, picking up 114 caps for La Roja. The playmaker is also a two-time Champions League winner, having scored in Liverpool’s incredible comeback to win the final in 2005 before helping Real Madrid to ‘La Decima’ in 2014. Bayern are also set for a deep run in this season’s competition, having thrashed Arsenal 10-2 on aggregate in the last 16.

He is likely to step away from the game with a third Bundesliga from as many seasons at the Allianz Arena, with a LaLiga winners’ medal also in his pocket from his time at Madrid.
“It wasn’t an easy decision to make, but I believe it’s the right time. 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,” Xabi Alonso told FC Bayern.tv live.

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“I wanted to end my career still at the highest level, and Bayern is the highest level. I’m incredibly proud and happy to play for FC Bayern and to be a part of this family.”
Bayern’s executive board chairman Karl-Heinz Rummenigge added: “FC Bayern would like to thank a great player and person for representing FC Bayern to such a high standard both on and off the pitch.

“Xabi Alonso is one of the greats of world football. He has won everything there is to win during his career. He’s a thoroughly remarkable person, and a gentleman of the game.”