Xabi Alonso believes now is the right time for him to call time on his decorated playing career.
The 35-year-old announced he would hang up his boots at the conclusion of the season via his Twitter account on Thursday.
“Lived it. Loved it. Farewell beautiful game,” he wrote.
Lived it. Loved it.
Farewell beautiful game. pic.twitter.com/1aSN7GGNzZ
— Xabi Alonso (@XabiAlonso) March 9, 2017
Alonso, now with Bayern Munich, has enjoyed a highly successful career, both domestically and on the international stage.
Among his honours are two Champions League crowns for Real Madrid and Liverpool, a La Liga title and two Bundesliga winners medals.
He also won the World Cup with Spain in 2010 and two Euro titles, back to back in 2008 and 2012.
Speaking with Bayern’s official channel, Alonso declared it was the right time to call it quits.
“It wasn’t an easy decision to make, but I believe it’s the right time,” Alonso told Bayern TV.
He added: “I always thought it would be better to quit sooner rather than later. I still feel good, but I believe this is the right moment.”