Bayern Munich midfielder Xabi Alonso has confirmed he will retire this summer after the completion of his contract
The rumors of Xabi Alonso’s retirement have been in social media for the last two months. The 35-year-old has himself confirmed the news on Thursday via twitter.
Alongside a picture of him waving goodbye, the 35-year-old Spain international wrote on Twitter: “Lived it. Loved it. Farewell beautiful game.”
Lived it. Loved it.
Farewell beautiful game. pic.twitter.com/1aSN7GGNzZ
— Xabi Alonso (@XabiAlonso) March 9, 2017
Alonso’s marvelous journey started when he joined Liverpool from Real Sociedad in 2004 where his first season culminated in the miraculous Istanbul comeback against AC Milan that secured a Champions League trophy.
He made a transfer move from Liverpool to Real Madrid in 2009 and won a second Champions League as well as the Spanish title before a switch to Bayern Munich in 2014. He has continued his quintessential form and helped Bayern win two Bundesliga titles and reach the quarter-finals of this year’s Champions League.
He also won a World Cup and two European Championships while playing for Spain, for whom he won 114 caps and scored 16 goals.
Alonso said: “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.
“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.”