Bayern Munich midfielder Xabi Alonso has made a shocking decision to retire from football at the end of the season.
The 35-year-old has made 27 appearances for the Bavarian giants this season – including a full 180 minutes of action against Arsenal in the Champions League.
FootTheBall had reported last of months that Alonso was thinking about retiring.
The 35-year-old is in his third and final year of contract with the Bavarian giants and has already planned his future.
The former Liverpool star moved to Germany from Real Madrid, and while fellow veteran Arjen Robben just penned down a new contract – Alonso plans on hanging up his boots.
Xabi Alonso arrived at the Allianz Arena in 2014 as replacement for Toni Kroos for a fee of €9 million.
The World Cup winner has played almost 100 games for the Die Roten since his arrival and has been a regular under the new boss Carlo Ancelotti.
The veteran midfielder is a fan favorite and the club are not very pleased to let their star man depart.
Both the club management and boss Carlo Ancelotti urged the star to continue for one more year, although they have been preparing for his departure with the signings of Sebastian Rudy and Joshua Kimmich.
Philipp Lahm is another player who Bayern are set to lose as he also announced his plan to retire at the end of the season.
Alonso spent five years in the Premier League with Liverpool and won the Champions League in 2005.