'What a man': Twitter reacts to Xabi Alonso retirement news

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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.

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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.

Some reflected on his trophy-winning exploits…

While others praised his technical ability….

The coolest man in the business?

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