Alonso ‘satisfied’ to retire at the top

Xabi Alonso

FC Bayern München midfielder Xabi Alonso has expressed his satisfaction with the way his football career played out, as he prepares for retirement.

The 35-year-old is set to play his final game on Saturday when Die Roten take on Freiburg in the Bundesliga.

Alonso has enjoyed a career filled with trophies at the highest level, which include two European Championships and a World Cup triumph with Spain, and is delighted to be able to retire at the top level.

"I want to be remembered as a pure football player," Alonso told Marca. "I believe the most important thing has been the game and not all that surrounds it with the media noise, I have always aimed to play pure football.

"What I liked was to live the atmosphere of football, in different countries, I have great respect for the sport, the rivals, my teammates, the overall game.

"Being able to retire while still at the top level is something that has been in my mind for a long time," the former Liverpool midfielder added.

"I always respected and greatly admired those who did that and always thought, 'I wish I could do it that way!'”

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