Xabi Alonso Announces Retirement

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Bayern Munich midfielder Xabi Alonso has confirmed he will retire at the end of the season.

The former Spain midfielder's 18th season as a professional will be his last, bringing down the curtain on a glittering career at club level and with his country.

Alonso was part of Spain's successful World Cup squad in 2010, as well as their Euro 2012-winning vintage, picking up 114 caps for La Roja.

The playmaker is also a two-time Champions League winner, having scored in Liverpool's incredible comeback to win the final in 2005 before helping Real Madrid to 'La Decima' in 2014. Bayern are also set for a deep run in this season's competition, having thrashed Arsenal 10-2 on aggregate in the last 16.

He is likely to step away from the game with a third Bundesliga from as many seasons at the Allianz Arena, with a LaLiga winners' medal also in his pocket from his time at Madrid.