Xabi Alonso Says Farewell To Soccer: 10 Quick Facts To Know About The Spaniard

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“Lived it. Loved it. Farewell to beautiful game,” tweeted Xabi Alonso, confirming the speculations that the Bayern Munich and Spain star is set to retire from professional football come end of the current football season.

His tweet, which came with a picture of him waving goodbye, was followed by another from FC Bayern which said: “one of the greats is saying goodbye. Xabi Alonso will retire from professional football at the end of the season.

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Speaking to FC Bayern TV about his decision to say goodbye, the central midfielder 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.”

Commenting, Bayern Munich’s chairman Karl-Heinz Rummenigge praised the Spain star for aiding the achieving of Bayern’s dream since he joined the club in August 2014.

“Bayern would like to thank a great player and a man who has played the Bayern way on and off the pitch excellently.

“Xabi Alonso is one of the greats of world football. He has won everything there is to win during his career. He’s a thoroughly remarkable person, and a gentleman of the game,” Rummenigge said.

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Quick Facts To Know About Xabi Alonso

  1. Xabier Alonso Olano was born on the 25th day of November 1981 in Tolsa Spain.
  2. He satrted his footballing career with Real Sociedad at his home province Gipuzkoa.
  3. From Real Sociedad, he joined Liverpool for 10.5 million pound sterling.
  4. Xabi won the UEFA Champions League in his first season with the Reds. In fact, he scored the equalising goal in the historic Champions League victory in Istanbul where Liverpool bounced back from 3-0 down at half-time to beat AC Milan on penalties. He also bagged the FA Cup, Uefa Super Cup and a Community Shield with the Reds.
  5. He moved to Real Madrid in 2009 where he won the Spanish title and his second Champions League.
  6. From Madrid, he joined Germany’s Bayern Munich in 2014. He helped the club win two Bundesliga titles.
  7. Xabi played 114 times for Spain.
  8. With the national team, he won the 2008 European Championships, the 2010 World Cup and again, the 2012 European Championships.
  9. He’s forever, a Liverpool Fan. He once said: “I am still a Liverpool fan and will be forever, absolutely…”
  10. The Spaniard is one of the most followed sportsperson on Twitter. Records have it that he reached 8.23 million followers in 2014.

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