IN PICS: The Top Ten moments of Xabi Alonso's career

Xabi Alonso will hang up his boots at the end of the season after an illustrious 17-year-career.

Sport360 staff
by Sport360 staff
9th March 2017

article:9th March 2017

There had been suggestions that this could be Xabi Alonso’s last season, and the Bayern Munich midfielder made it official on Thursday.

Alonso will without a doubt go down as one of the best midfielders of his generation. Over a glittering seventeen year career, he has won nine major honours at club level as well as starring on the Spain teams that dominated international football from 2008 to 2012.


The 35-year-old won league titles in Spain and Germany, as well as the Champions League with both Liverpool and Real Madrid, and has cup triumphs in England, Germany, and Spain. Alonso was also vital to Spain’s wins at Euro 2008 and 2012 and, of course, the 2010 World Cup.

Even at an individual level, Alonso has not gone without recognition, being named the Spanish Player of the Year in 2003 and La Liga’s best midfielder in 2012. He was also named on the FIFA FIFPro World XI in 2011 and 2012, the UEFA Euro 2012 Team of the Tournament and the 2013-14 UEFA Champions League Team of the Season.

Here’s a look at the top ten moments of Alonso’s decorated career.


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IN PICTURES: The Top Ten moments of Xabi Alonso’s career

Xabi Alonso will hang up his boots at the end of the season after an illustrious 17-year-career.

Captain of Real Sociedad at 20, Alonso led the side to a 2nd-place league finish in 2003.

Captain of Real Sociedad at 20, Alonso led the side to a 2nd-place league finish in 2003.

Alonso scored the equaliser in Liverpool's remarkable comeback in the 2005 Champions League final.

Alonso scored the equaliser in Liverpool's remarkable comeback in the 2005 Champions League final.

A year later, Alonso was holding another trophy as Liverpool won the FA Cup.

A year later, Alonso was holding another trophy as Liverpool won the FA Cup.

Alonso was a key part of Spain's domination on the international stage, which began with the Euro 2008 triumph.

Alonso was a key part of Spain's domination on the international stage, which began with the Euro 2008 triumph.

Two years later came Spain's crowning glory, with Alonso and company winning the 2010 World Cup.

Two years later came Spain's crowning glory, with Alonso and company winning the 2010 World Cup.

The 2011 Copa del Rey was the first major club trophy Alonso won in his home country.

The 2011 Copa del Rey was the first major club trophy Alonso won in his home country.

A year later, Alonso finally got his hands on a league title as he was a key part of Real Madrid's 2011-12 triumph.

A year later, Alonso finally got his hands on a league title as he was a key part of Real Madrid's 2011-12 triumph.

Just over a month after winning La Liga, Alonso was celebrating again as Spain won Euro 2012.

Just over a month after winning La Liga, Alonso was celebrating again as Spain won Euro 2012.

Alonso missed the 2014 Champions League final, but he'd been instrumental to Madrid's triumphant campaign.

Alonso missed the 2014 Champions League final, but he'd been instrumental to Madrid's triumphant campaign.

He was an instant hit in the Bundesliga after moving to Bayern Munich, and went on to two consecutive league titles.

He was an instant hit in the Bundesliga after moving to Bayern Munich, and went on to two consecutive league titles.