Liverpool fans react on Twitter as Xabi Alonso announces retirement
By Will Butcher
Liverpool fans have paid tribute to Xabi Alonso on Twitter after the Bayern Munich midfielder announced he would be retiring from football.
Alonso, 35, will retire at the end of the season according to Bayern’s official Twitter account, after an outstanding career that has included two Champions Leagues and a World Cup triumph.
— FC Bayern English (@FCBayernEN) March 9, 2017
The Spanish midfielder played for Liverpool for five years between 2004 and 2009 and became an icon on Merseyside, scoring the Reds’ equalising goal in their 2005 Champions League final comeback against AC Milan.
Posting on his own personal Twitter account, the holding midfielder said “farewell beautiful game”, just two days after starring in Bayern’s 5-1 win over Arsenal in north London.
Lived it. Loved it.
Farewell beautiful game. pic.twitter.com/1aSN7GGNzZ
— Xabi Alonso (@XabiAlonso) March 9, 2017
Liverpool fans reacted on Twitter to Alonso’s decision, with many thanking him for his years of service to their club.
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Here is a selection of their messages on Twitter:
— John O (@JohnnyO_L) March 9, 2017
— Simon Bray (@SimonBrayLFC) March 9, 2017
— paddy (@padkop8) March 9, 2017
— Mickey O' (@mickeyorawe) March 9, 2017
— CKSteelConstruction (@CKSteel_LFC) March 9, 2017
— LFC Stanley House (@LFCStanleyHouse) March 9, 2017
My hero, my mate. pic.twitter.com/VVCD8GlcV8
— SH (@Sennesation) March 9, 2017
Ta ???????? pic.twitter.com/KXdI3XZPx9
— John Rogers (@rogersjohn77) March 9, 2017
Winning the Champions League as well as the UEFA Super Cup, FA Cup and Community Shield with Liverpool, Alonso made a huge 210 appearances for Liverpool during his five-year spell.
The midfield maestro left the Reds eight years ago, joining Real Madrid where he added another Champions League medal to his trophy cabinet, as well as two La Liga titles.
Alonso will now turn his attention to helping Bayern secure their 27th Bundesliga title, while they also remain in the German Cup and Champions League.