'What a man': Twitter reacts to Xabi Alonso retirement newsPublished January 18, 2017
Xabi Alonso is to retire from football at the end of the season, with supporters taking to social media to share their memories of the Bayern Munich midfielder.
Early on Wednesday, German publication Sport Bild announced that the Spaniard and his Bayern teammate Philipp Lahm would be hanging up their boots upon completion of the current campaign.
And following the news, social media was rife with fans eulogising about the ex-Liverpool schemer, who famously helped the Anfield outfit win the Champions League in 2004/2005.
A glittering career for both club and country also saw Alonso lift the FA Cup, La Liga, two European Championships and the 2010 World Cup.
Here’s the best of the social media reaction to his retirement.
SportBild reporting that Bayern Munich's Xabi Alonso and Philipp Lahm are both set to retire this summer.— Stefan Bienkowski (@SBienkowski) January 18, 2017
Some reflected on his trophy-winning exploits…
Xabi Alonso has won 16 major trophies during his career, including:— Squawka Football (@Squawka) January 18, 2017
Champions League ??
European Championships ??
World Cup ? pic.twitter.com/YZ1UaelLSU
While others praised his technical ability….
Xabi Alonso will retire from football at the end of the season.— Football Vines (@FootballVines) January 18, 2017
He will be missed. pic.twitter.com/eQZzjJ0qC7
Xabi Alonso is set to retire at the end of the season.— THE ANFIELD WRAP (@TheAnfieldWrap) January 18, 2017
What a player. What a fella ? pic.twitter.com/ZilpUoes5W
What a joy it's been to watch Xabi Alonso play, by the way.— Sid Lowe (@sidlowe) January 18, 2017
The coolest man in the business?
Apparently, Xabi Alonso has told Bayern that he will retire at the end of the season.— TheODDSbible (@TheOddsBible) January 18, 2017
Probably to smoke cigars and drink wine.
What a man. pic.twitter.com/uCluHila6q