Xabi Alonso to Retire at The End of The Season

Earlier this week Xabi Alonso announced his decision to retire from football at the end of the season. I have always thought that Xabi Alonso is very underrated. In my opinion he is a player who rarely gets the credit he deserves, especially when you consider the amount of silverware he has won during his career.

The midfielder came through the ranks at Real Sociedad before joining Liverpool in 2004. At Anfield, Alonso began to make a name for himself, his range of passing and his will to be the best is what the Liverpool faithful loved about him. During his time at Liverpool, the Spaniard won the Champions League, FA Cup, UEFA Super Cup and a Community Shield. Alonso moved to Real Madrid in 2009 where the trophies continued to come his way. While at the Bernabeu Alonso won another Champions League and a La Liga title.

A move to Bayern followed in 2014 and Alonso helped the club claim Bundesliga titles in his first two seasons – they are also seven points clear this season and reached the Champions League quarter-finals by completing a 10-2 win over Arsenal on Tuesday. He also won a World Cup and two European Championships while playing for Spain, for whom he won 114 caps and scored 16 goals.

A complete, consistent, hardworking and versatile midfielder, Alonso is regarded as one of the best players of his generation, and is effective both creatively and defensively. Gifted with good technique, excellent vision, and varied passing range, he excels in the deep-lying play-making role, where he can best use his accurate long-passing ability to create chances for his team-mates.
He’s the quintessential engine room guy. Like Javi Martinez at Bayern Munich, Busquets at Barcelona. Only, he’s got a much more diverse skill set than these two, which is why he’s the best defensive-minded midfielder there is. Xabi Alonso was first name on the team sheet at both Liverpool and Real Madrid. Why? His qualities: dependability, consistency, calm and controlled approach to the game: rarely does he ever seem hurried in possession; passing range.

I, like many others will make the most of seeing Xabi Alonso play for the remainder of the season. He will be a huge loss to Bayern, just like he was for Liverpool and Real Madrid. Alonso is a hard man to replace. The Spaniard looks set to go out on a high with Bayern in a good position in the league, who knows he might even be lifting yet another Champions League trophy at the end of the season.