Erstwhile Real Madrid and Liverpool midfielder Xabi Alonso has announced that he will be retiring from professional football at the end of the current League season in Europe.
This season, the 35-year-old has played 27 games for Bayern Munich and he played a significant role in his side's victory over Arsenal in the UEFA Champions League round of 16 tie.
Alonso who was part of the Liverpool side that won the 2005 UEFA Champions League explained that he would not want to wait until his legs are gone before making a decision.
''It wasn’t an easy decision to make, but I believe it’s the right time as 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 want 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." Alonso said.
Alonso began his career at Real Sociedad in 1999 before moving to Premier League side Liverpool four years later.
In 2009, five years after joining Liverpool, he left for Real Madrid in a deal estimated to be worth £30 million and won five titles in five years at the Santiago Bernabeu including one Champions League final triumph.
He was also part of the Spanish side that won the 2010 FIFA World Cup trophy in South Africa.