Xabi Alonso decided to call it quits on a glorious footballing career at the end of the ongoing season with Bayern Munich

Hardly 12 hours after Barcelona’s seismic 6-1 victory over PSG, Xabi Alonso decided to keep the football world talking on social media by announcing his retirement from the sport following his ongoing campaign with Bayern Munich.

The Liverpool and Real Madrid legend who started off his career at Real Sociedad announced the decision on Twitter with a photo tear-jerkingly captioned “Lived it. Loved. Farewell beautiful game.”

The announcement understandably broke the Internet as there was an outpour of support from all levels of the footballing fraternity as they stepped out to honour a modern great.

The midfielder has played in 678 professional games throughout his career scoring 43 goals and assisting 55 of them from a deep-lying role.

Alonso has made countless memories at each of the clubs he has featured for and there are very few trophies that he hasn’t won.

He will, however,  long be remembered for scoring the historic equalizing goal for Liverpool against AC Milan in the Champions League final at Istanbul 2005. That of course is just one of them. The scores of supporters on Twitter did well to remind us of each and every moment of his brilliant career.

A number of his former team-mates shared their emotional tributes to the “Pass Master” reminiscing the good old days. Oh how we wish we’d get to see him longer.

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