Bayern munich midfielder Xabi Alonso took to twitter to announce his retirement from proffesional football.he posted a picture of himself waving with a caption”Lived it. Loved it. Farewell beautiful game.”

He also added: “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.”

Alonso joined Liverpool from Real Sociedad in 2004 and was part of the famous Champions League victory in Istanbul as the Reds came back from 3-0 down at half-time to beat AC Milan on penalties. He also won the FA Cup, a Uefa Super Cup and a Community Shield during his stay at Anfield.

He moved to Real Madrid in 2009 after a disagreement with Manager Rafa Benitez and won a second Champions League as well as the Spanish title before he moved to Germany in 2014 for free , where he helped Bayern win two Bundesliga titles and reach the quarter-finals of this year’s Champions League – courtesy of a 10-2 aggregate win over Arsenal.

Alonso played 114 times for Spain and scored 16 goals as the national side won the 2008 and 2012 European Championships and World Cup triumph in South Africa in 2010. His final appearance for his country came at the 2014 World Cup in Brazil.

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