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Toni Kroos Announces Retirement: Real Madrid and Football World Reacts

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Toni Kroos has announced his retirement after the European Championships, ending an illustrious career at Real Madrid marked by numerous titles. Discover how the football world, including David Alaba and Spanish press, reacts to this monumental news.

Toni Kroos Announces End of His Illustrious Career

Toni Kroos, one of the most celebrated midfielders of his generation, has announced his retirement from professional football following the European Championships. Kroos, 34, made his decision public via the latest episode of his podcast “Einfach mal Luppen.” This marks the conclusion of a remarkable career span that began in 2014 when he transferred from Bayern Munich to Real Madrid.

David Alaba, Kroos' long-time teammate and friend, expressed his emotions on Instagram, celebrating their shared successes. "How long have we known each other? How long have we been on the field together? How long have we celebrated success together? Since a long time... I love you!" Alaba wrote. Their camaraderie and combined efforts led them to countless titles, first at Bayern Munich and later at Real Madrid, where they enjoyed tremendous success.

The Spanish press and football community have reacted strongly to Kroos' announcement. Renowned newspapers like Marca and AS have labeled Kroos as one of the best midfielders in history. Marca’s headline, "Madrid is crying," encapsulates the sentiment of fans and teammates alike. Thibaut Courtois appreciated his legendary status, while Cristiano Ronaldo called it an honor to have played alongside him.

Real Madrid's coach Carlo Ancelotti has often highlighted Kroos’ importance to the team. El País, Spain’s largest daily newspaper, acknowledged how crucial Kroos has been, especially during his final season. Kroos has one last opportunity to secure another Champions League victory in the final against Borussia Dortmund on June 1st, which would be his fifth with Real Madrid and sixth overall if they win.

Kroos' retirement also resonated in Catalonia. Publications like Mundo Deportivo, despite their FC Barcelona bias, paid their respects, describing his career as one of the most profitable and impactful tenures in Real Madrid history. As he steps away, the football world honors his fulfilled promise and stellar career, leaving a legacy that will be remembered for generations.

  • Toni Kroos has not only left an indelible mark on club football but has also had a distinguished international career with the German national team. His meticulous ball control, precise passing, and strategic gameplay have earned him a place among football's elite, contributing significantly to Germany's World Cup victory in 2014.
  • Despite numerous accolades and recognition, Kroos has always remained grounded, attributing his success to teamwork and relentless effort. His departure from professional football leaves a void that will be challenging for both Real Madrid and the football fraternity to fill. The upcoming Champions League final and the European Championships will be crucial platforms for fans and players to bid him a grand farewell.
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