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Xabi Alonso Confirms Retirement

Xabi Alonso confirms he will retire from soccer at the end of the season Photo credit to Xabi Alonso via Twitter

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Bayern Munich Xabi Alonso confirmed his retirement from soccer

Barcelona, Spain – Xabi Alonso confirmed his retirement from soccer at the end of the season when his contract expires. Alongside a picture of him waving goodbye, the 35-year-old Spain international wrote on Twitter: “Lived it. Loved it. Farewell beautiful game.”

Reports in January hinted the former Real Madrid and Liverpool midfielder would call it a day when his contract with the Bavarians expired at the end of the season, but now his trophy-lauded career spanning seventeen seasons has been confirmed as ending this season.

“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,” the Spaniard told FC Bayern’s official TV channel.

“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.

“I’ve experienced so much as a player with Real Sociedad, Liverpool, Real Madrid and Bayern Munich. They are all great clubs. And of course, with the Spanish national team. I never would’ve thought I’d have such a great career, and I hope there’s more to come before it ends.”

Trophy-Lauded

The Spaniard started his career at Basque club Real Sociedad before moving to Liverpool in 2004 and establishing himself as a crowd favorite after scoring a 3-3 equalizer against AC Milan in the 2005 Champions League final.

In his five years at the Bernabeu he was part of another winning Champions League campaign, despite being suspended for the final in 2014, as well as a league title and two Copa del Rey triumphs.

Alonso played 114 times for Spain and scored 16 goals as the national side won the 2008 and 2012 European Championships, either side of their maiden World Cup triumph in South Africa in 2010. His final appearance for his country came at the 2014 World Cup in Brazil.

Alonso has helped Bayern to back-to-back Bundesliga crowns following his move from the Bernabeu in 2014 and is on course to make it three from three this season.