Real Madrid legend Toni Kroos announces shock retirement at the end of the season

Toni Kroos, the Real Madrid icon, shocked the world by announcing that he would leave the club at the end of the season, and would retire after this summer's Euro Championship in Germany.

The 34-year-old has spoken publicly about his retirement over the past two years and said that he would not play for a club other than Real Madrid. He also indicated his desire to come out on top, and with the possibility of a La Liga and Champions League double in the near future, he certainly has the opportunity to do so.

Kroos came out of retirement last March to play for the German national team in his last tournament, at home in the European Championship this summer, before departing into the sunset. The German accelerator will do so as one of the most decorated players in history.

“July 17, 2014, the day I was presented at Real Madrid, the day that changed my life. My life as a footballer, but above all as a person. It was the beginning of a new life at the greatest club in the world. Today, 10 years later, at the end of the season, this ends.” life.

He also published the following open letter to fans.

“I will never forget this exciting and successful decade! I would like to especially thank President Florentino Pérez, the club and everyone who welcomed me with an open heart and trusted in me. But above all I want to thank you, dear Real Madrid fans, for your love and support from the first day to the last.

He added: “At the same time, this decision means that my career as an active footballer will end this summer after the European Championship.” “As I always said, Real Madrid is my last club and will remain so.”

“Today I am happy and proud that I have found in my mind and in my heart the right moment for this decision. My ambition has always been to finish my career at the highest level. From this moment on, there is only one main thought in my mind and nothing will separate me from this: Let's get to 15!” !! Hala Madrid and nothing more!

In addition to the 22 titles that Kroos won with Real Madrid, he also won the European Super Cup, the Club World Cup, the Champions League, three German Cups, three Bundesliga titles, one German Super Cup with Bayern Munich, and one title. Among three clubs he represented, having spent a year on loan at Bayer Leverkusen. Kroos was also crowned world champion in 2014 with Germany, where he has so far participated in 108 international matches and scored 17 goals. In total, he made 859 appearances, scoring 90 goals and providing 186 assists.

The curtain has come down on a famous career that will live long in the memory of Madridistas and world football. With Los Blancos, he has two more matches, one of which is the Champions League final, and the other against Real Betis at the Santiago Bernabéu. With Germany, he will have at least three more matches, and a possible four more depending on how the Germans progress.


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