Xabi Alonso satisfied to retire at the top

Paola Ditto
Mag 19, 2017

Alonso had announced back in March that he was to retire at the end of the season, sending football fans across the globe into a frenzy.

I'm very jealous of you having a World Cup winners' medal, I'm very jealous of you having league titles in Germany and in Spain, but you deserve it, mate.

"Being able to retire while still at the top level is something that has been in my mind for a long time", the former Liverpool midfielder added.

That faithful night in Istanbul when Gerrard and Alonso defied the impossible and led their team to one of the most storied comebacks in European football history.

But the soon to be retired Spanish midfielder has revealed that he does indeed have a few nagging failures that still bother him.

The two midfield generals played alongside one another across five seasons at Anfield, winning the FA Cup, Champions League, and Super Cup together.

A few months later and Alonso would be sold to Real Madrid for £30m, being left to rue a missed opportunity to help Liverpool back to the top of the pile in English football.

Xabi Alonso satisfied to retire at the top
Xabi Alonso satisfied to retire at the top

XABI ALONSO has revealed the three regrets in his career as he approaches his last match before retiring.

Alonso, 35, is now set on the path to retirement, and is set to play his final game for Bayern Munich against Freiburg on Saturday before officially calling it a day.

Speaking of regrets, he told the Times: "Maybe I have three (regrets)". With Liverpool we were so close to the Premier League.

"But maybe that would be too much to ask, too ideal".

The 114-time Spanish worldwide is widely regarded as one of the best midfielders of his generation and a real credit to the sport.

What a player. Thank you, Xabi.

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