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The Avalanche Of Tributes To Xabi Alonso Cement His Status As A Football Legend

JOHANNESBURG, SOUTH AFRICA - JULY 11: Xabi Alonso of Spain holds the World Cup after the 2010 FIFA World Cup South Africa Final match between Netherlands and Spain at Soccer City Stadium on July 11, 2010 in Johannesburg, South Africa. (Photo by Mike Hewitt - FIFA/FIFA via Getty Images)

With one understated tweet on Thursday morning, Xabi Alonso started the countdown to the end of his playing career.

It had been coming, of course. The 35-year-old was widely expected to follow Bayern teammate Philipp Lahm’s lead in hanging up his boots at the end of the season, but it still no less sad to see a legend of the game, that has won almost everything there is to win, call time on his playing career.

Since Alonso’s announcement, tributes have been pouring hin from just about everyone the midfielder has come into contact with. His former clubs, with whom he won a combined three league titles, four domestic cups and two Champions Leagues, led the way in saying goodbye to the legendary playmaker:

Alonso’s teammates (current and former), meanwhile, also took to social media to pay tribute to the Spaniard, including a gushing post from former Liverpool captain Steven Gerrard with whom Alonso won the Champions League in 2005:

With another German domestic double on the horizon, along with perhaps another Champions League, Alonso could yet still bow out on an extremely high note.

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