Real Madrid Legend Hangs Up His Boots After 10 Years With The Club

Toni Kroos has officially announced his decision to retire from football at the end of the current season. The news surprised Real Madrid and its fans as well as the entire football world, who expected Kroos to continue playing at the highest level. The German’s contract with the club was set to expire in June this year, and the contract situation was well covered in the media with everyone eagerly awaiting the outcome.

The former Bayern Munich man is very famous for being one of the best midfielders on the planet. He is widely regarded as the best passer of all time. With his main position being in central midfield, Kroos has also often been deployed as a holding midfielder due to his ability to control the pace and tempo of the game. Toni Kroos’ technique, accuracy, precision and creativity allowed him to dominate the game for a long period.

Career achievements of Toni Kroos

Playing for some of the biggest clubs in the world, Toni Kroos has never been far from accolades, both individually and team trophies. He was an integral part of the Bayern Munich team under Jupp Heynckes that won a historic European treble. Kroos then also contributed heavily to the dominance of Real Madrid in European competitions under Zinedine Zidane and Carlo Ancelotti. He averages a trophy every 21 games with Real Madrid. Here are some of the honors with which Kroos will end his career.

  • 1x Soccer World Cup
  • 5x UEFA Champions League
  • 4x The League
  • 3x Bundesliga
  • 1x King’s Cup
  • 3x DFB-Pokal
  • 4x UEFA Super Cup
  • 6x Soccer Club World Cup
  • 4x Spanish Super Cup
  • 1x German Supercup

Kroos joined Real Madrid from Bayern Munich in 2014 and went on to establish himself as the greatest German player to play for the club. He has always expressed his desire to finish his career playing for The Whites. Real Madrid will certainly find it difficult to replace the midfielder whose unique style of play has seen him dominate every competition he has played in for both club and country.

Toni Kroos with World Cup and Champions League trophy
Toni Kroos with World Cup and Champions League trophy (Credit:X)

The 34-year-old has always expressed his desire to retire from professional football while still performing at the highest level. Kroos has enjoyed one of the best seasons of his career with Real Madrid this campaign. This led to the German legend deciding against continuing his career further. Toni Kroos’ last game with the club will be against Borussia Dortmund in the 2024 UEFA Champions League final.

Kroos is set to retire after the Euros

Toni Kroos took his retirement from international football earlier this year after leaving the German National Team after the UEFA Euros 2021. Germany and Kroos did not enjoy the best of tournaments in 2021 which contributed to Kroos’ decision. During his career, the 34-year-old took part in three European Championships. However, the Euros remain the one piece of silverware missing from his trophy cabinet.

Germany will host the next UEFA Euros. This will give Toni Kroos the best chance to end his career on the highest possible note. After leaving the national team on a bitter note in 2021, Kroos has returned to be part of a revitalized German side. Led by Julian Nagelsmann, Germany are considered among the favorites to lift the trophy in July. With the Euros being Kroos’ last stint as a professional footballer, he and his team will want to make it a success.

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