Reports that Xabi Alonso will retire at the end of the season were not what we wanted to read today.
But rather than wallow in misery, let’s simply celebrate one of the most handsome and brilliant midfielders of all time.
Sport Bild in Germany claims Alonso has already told Bayern Munich this campaign will be his last, and that he will then join the Bavarians’ board of directors.
Here’s our tribute to the great man, certainly one of the coolest and most graceful players of his generation, with some fitting tributes to the Spaniard, as well as his astounding honours list.
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The 35-year-old is still heavily involved in the Bayern Munich first team, having scored three goals in 14 league appearances this term, so if the reports are true he has chosen to bow out at the top of the game.
With Bayern currently leading the Bundesliga, it would take a brave man to bet against Alonso adding to his honours with another league title – and who knows, maybe another Champions League winner’s medal?
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“It was clear Alonso was royalty after our first training session together” – Steven Gerrard pic.twitter.com/US0A4vBQbG
— Planet Football (@planetfutebol) January 18, 2017
Kevin De Bruyne was at it again against Burnley.
Jose Mourinho was unsurprisingly not a happy man.
Let’s see more of this.
No prizes for getting No.1.
That poor defender.
One of the Premier League’s most intimidating men.
A tribute to the absolute master of the chip.
Who knew Paul Ince could do *this*?
Twelve to get in 10 minutes.