Bayern Munich star Xabi Alonso announces retirement from football
- Author: Julie Sanders Мар 09, 2017,
Мар 09, 2017, 13:03
Alonso has already announced his intention to retire from football at the end of the season and is looking to sign out in fitting style following a trophy-laden career, having won Europe's top prize with Liverpool in 2005 and Real in 2014.
Alonso's glittering career has also seen him win three league titles - one La Liga and two Bundesligas - as well as domestic cup glory for Liverpool, Real and Bayern.
'I think Real Madrid and Atletico Madrid are the strongest so facing them later [in the tournament] would be better'.
He added: "I wanted to end my career still at the highest level, and Bayern is the highest level".
"I am very proud and happy to play with Bayern and be a part of this family".
Alonso was also a key member of Spain's all-conquering national team of the late 2000s, winning back-to-back UEFA European Championships in 2008 and 2012, and the FIFA World Cup in 2010.
The 35-year-old has featured 27 times for Bayern Munich this season, including playing all 180 minutes in their 10-2 aggregate Champions League last-16 triumph over Arsenal. "He's a thoroughly remarkable person, and a gentleman of the game", Bayern's chief executive officer Karl-Heinz Rummenigge said.
'A Bayern-Real Madrid final would not be bad, ' he told Radio Onda Cero.
"These were four great clubs".
With two Bundesliga titles already under his belt, he looks set to make it three in a row with Bayern now seven points clear at the top. "I never would've thought I'd have such a great career, and I hope there is more to come before it ends".