Xabi Alonso sets up opener for Bayern Munich in final game of career
By Dev Trehan
Last Updated: 20/05/17 8:13pm
Xabi Alonso brought the curtain down on his glittering career in style with an assist in his final match as a professional footballer.
Alonso, club captain Philipp Lahm and reserve goalkeeper Tom Starke all started their last matches in club football as Bayern Munich closed the season with a 4-1 win against Freiburg at the Allianz Arena.
It did not take Alonso long to make his impact on the game. Just four minutes into the match the Spaniard produced a trademark precision pass for the evergreen Arjen Robben to slot home Bayern's opener.
The midfielder was given a standing ovation when he was replaced by Franck Ribery eight minutes from time.
Alonso has spent the last three years at Bayern, winning the title in each of those seasons, as well as the German Cup and the German Super Cup in 2016.
He came through the ranks at Real Sociedad before joining Liverpool in 2004, where his first season culminated in the miraculous Istanbul comeback against AC Milan that secured a Champions League trophy.
The 35-year-old also won an FA Cup, a UEFA Super Cup and a Community Shield with the Reds and was at Anfield until 2009, when he moved on to Real Madrid.
More silverware, including a second Champions League and a La Liga title, came while he was at the Bernabeu.
He also won a World Cup and two European Championships while playing for Spain, for whom he won 114 caps and scored 16 goals.