Published: Fri, May 19, 2017
Sport | By Gary Shelton

Xabi Alonso satisfied to retire at the top

Xabi Alonso satisfied to retire at the top

"Loved it. Farewell lovely game." on his personal Twitter, which has since received over 150k retweets.

That faithful night in Istanbul when Gerrard and Alonso defied the impossible and led their team to one of the most storied comebacks in European football history.

Alonso gave us another glimpse of his ability on the pitch when he produced a ridiculous "no-look nutmeg" on Zinedine Zidane back in 2013.

The pair played at Anfield together for five years between 2004-09 before Alonso moved to Real Madrid for £30 million.

Despite those misses, Alonso finishes his career with a La Liga medal and two Champions League wins to add to the aforementioned Bundesliga titles, while at worldwide level with Spain, the midfielder won a World Cup and two European championships.

But the soon to be retired Spanish midfielder has revealed that he does indeed have a few nagging failures that still bother him.

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Wining trophies in England, Spain and Germany, the 35-year-old still feels disappointed at missed opportunities when playing for Real Sociedad, Liverpool and his current side.

But then the Liverpool star goes on to reveal he is jealous of Alonso's achievements, especially winning league titles - something Gerrard never achieved. With Bayern, so close to the Champions League.

"Maybe I have three (regrets)". If you can call them regrets. but that's just football. "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".

The 114-time Spanish worldwide is widely regarded as one of the best midfielders of his generation and a real credit to the sport. Since then, the Spaniard has played 78 games for the Bundesliga giants.

What a player. Thank you, Xabi.

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