The 35 year old Spaniards time has run out as the Bayern Munich centre defensive midfielder Xabi Alonso is set to retire when his contract runs out at the end of the season on the 30th of June. With 114 caps for Spain in addition to winning the biggest title in football the World Cup and club honours coming from Bayern Munich, Real Madrid and Liverpool, Alonso will go down as one of the best midfielders to ever grace a football pitch. Alonso has confirmed that he will be retiring at the end of the season with the tweet ‘Lived it. Loved it. Farewell beautiful game.’ Standing at 6 ft tall, Alonso was a player that you did not want to give space to at all due to his excellent vision and his ability to send a long ball down the pitch and onto the end of a finisher who could put it away.
The Spaniard started his professional first team debut playing for Real Sociedad with 114 appearances and 9 goals to his name before his big move 4 years later to Liverpool FC. In his time at Liverpool, he managed to find the back of the net 15 times in the 5 years he spent with the reds with a huge 143 caps to his name with Liverpool only to be topped by his time at Real Madrid with 158 appearances, the most at any club in his professional career. Currently at Bayern Munich, Alonso has recently helped served out Arsenal’s seventh consecutive defeat in a row in the round of 16 Champions league with Alonso being a key part of the play that lead Bayern to a 10-2 aggregate win over the gunners. Alonso’s excellent ability to read a pass and his long ball style of play has lead him on to be the exceptional player he has been in his career. This is one legacy that will not be fading away or going anywhere anytime soon. Farewell Alonso.