Xabi Alonso announces shock retirement from football

The former Liverpool and Real Madrid midfielder, who now plays at Bayern, suggested he’ll be hanging up his boots

Bayern Munich midfielder Xabi Alonso has announced his intention to retire from professional football at the end of the season.

The 35-year-old has featured 27 times for Bayern this campaign, including playing all 180 minutes in their 10-2 aggregate Champions League last 16 triumph over Arsenal.

There had been reports earlier in the season that Alonso was considering hanging up his boots – with Philipp Lahm also catching the football world by surprise – but nothing official until now.

Alonso tweeted on Thursday morning: “Lived it. Loved it. Farewell beautiful game.”

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