Xabi Alonso Confirms Retirement
Xabi posted on twitter, “Lived it. Loved it, farewell beautiful game. Along with his post, he added a photo of himself waving goodbye.
Alonso joined Liverpool in 2004 from Real Sociedad, the Spanish football club based in the city of San Sebastián.
In his first season, he played in the Champions League in an unforgettable game against AC Milan. The Reds fought back from being 0-3 down to equalize and then win on penalties. He has helped Liverpool win the FA Cup, the Uefa Super Cup and the Community Shield.
In 2009 he joined Real Madrid, where he won his second Champions League and the Spanish domestic title. The Spaniard signed for Bayern Munich in 2014 and later went on to win two Bundesliga titles.
In the round of 16 of this season’s Champions League, he was involved in the 5-1 (10-2 on aggregate) win against a humiliated Arsenal.
Playing for his country, Xabi helped Spain twice win the European Championship, in 2008 and in 2012. In all, he played in 114 games and bagged 16 goals. His final international appearance was in the 2014 World Cup.
After winning all these trophies, he will go down as one of the world’s greatest players.
Keane, Year 6
Heighington Millfield Primary Academy