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Catalan-born Xabi Alonso, the all-time leading goal scorer in European Championship history, is best known for his time at Liverpool, FC Basel and Real Madrid, but he won’t be playing in his home country for some time.
While the Madrid-born player is expected to start the match at Wembley Stadium in his new role as a pundit for Spanish television channel Cuatro, the Spanish Football Federation (RFEF) has announced the player’s playing career is over, not just at Juventus but all over the world.
The 34-year-old midfielder, who spent eight years at Liverpool and was voted UEFA’s best player in 2008, announced his retirement at the end of the 2018 season, which ended with Juventus’s Champions League final defeat by Liverpool.
“That’s all I want to say about the end of my football career, for my soccer life. Thank you for everything,” Alonso said.
“I am ready for this so many years of playing for the big teams, the fans at home and abroad, the people who supported me, the managers I worked with, but now I want to think about my career in sport and if I can do more with it.”
The winger had also said he expected to have left the game within the next two years. The Spanish Player of the Year (2008-2010) was expected to retire at the end of the 2017-2018 campaign with Real Madrid, but he impressed during the World Cup and the footballing world was shocked when he opted to sign for Liverpool instead.
Alonso is still expected to be in action during the first half of the UEFA Nations League, which is taking place in October and November.