Xabi Alonso has confirmed he will retire at the end of the season. The 35-year-old will call time on his career at the end of the current campaign with Bayern Munich, and he still has the chance to win the treble with Carlo Ancelotti’s side.
Alonso has won league titles with Real Madrid and Bayern, while he won the Champions League during his time in Spain and with Liverpool.
The midfielder was also a key part of Spain’s World Cup winning squad in 2010 and won the European Championship with his country twice in 2008 and 2012.
He told FC Bayern.tv; ‘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.’
ALONSO’S TROPHY CABINET
Champions League: 2004–05
UEFA Super Cup: 2005
FA Cup: 2005–06
Community Shield: 2006
Champions League: 2013–14
La Liga: 2011–12
Copa del Rey: 2010–11, 2013–14
Spanish Super Cup: 2012
Bundesliga: 2014–15, 2015–16
German Supercup: 2016
World Cup: 2010
European Championship: 2008, 2012