After a shocking exit in Brazil 2014, it was not surprising to see the veteran leave La Roja and retire from international football.
The same Spanish side have successfully won three consecutive titles; two European Cups and the 2010 World Cup and enjoyed world glory.
Now, David Villa has retired from the Spanish national side, fellow teammate Iker Casillas looks to be going down a similar road and Gerard Pique is no longer first choice – the list goes on.
It is to no real surprise that the Basque midfielder has called it quits with Spain. It does however seem surprising to see the veteran leave the Santiago Bernabeu just three months after winning La Decima with Los Blancos.
After claiming he would stay with the club, Alonso announced his sudden exit from Real Madrid to join German team Bayern Munich. The 32 year old is full of ambition and is extremely eager to lift trophies with Bayern and make his mark in Europe before he hangs up his boots for good.
Alonso signed a two year contract with the German side in the hopes of landing another European title, after already lifting the trophy with Liverpool and Real Madrid.
Despite the ‘apparent’ club competition imposed by ex-Bayern Munich midfielder Toni Kroos, Xavi Alonso had been with Los Blancos for a fantastic five years, with an impressive record to match.
Real Madrid fans will agree that it was a privilege to have a player like the Spanish international to play for the club.
He has shared many tears and many successes with the team and will be sadly missed by his fellow team mates and Madridistas alike.
During those years, Alonso won one Primera Liga title, two Copa del Reys and last season’s La Decima – and was instrumental to all.
Neither Madrid President Florentino Perez nor coach Carlo Ancelotti wanted the former Real Madrid megastar to leave, but he did end his time with Madrid on a high.
Needless to say, the Champions League winner can certainly hope for similar success with his new team, adding supreme quality alongside players Bastian Schweinsteiger and Thiago Alcantara under coach Pep Guardiola.
After selling Toni Kroos (who moved in the opposite direction) for £20 million, and buying the Spaniard for less than half that amount, Bayern look to be in a stronger position now with their new number three, Alonso, than before the summer. You cannot put a price on perfection.
Real Madrid without Alonso is like bread without crusts – incomplete. It leaves Real Madrid in a very vulnerable position for the Champions League, and the league results have been nothing short of appalling. It is time for Kroos to step up his game and he has very big boots to fill.
Only the future will tell how Alonso will perform, can he really win the UEFA Champions League with Bayern? Or should he have stayed with Real Madrid?
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