Lahm, Alonso Bid Farewell To The Game

Bayern Munich skipper Philipp Lahm admits coaching role is unlikely

Bayern Munich skipper Philipp Lahm admits coaching role is unlikely

Forget Philipp Lahm and Xabi Alonso playing the final games of their illustrious football careers, Bayern Munich's final game of the season was all about everyone's favourite bespectacled early Noughties songstress, Anastacia.

Xabi Alonso also retires after these 90 minutes on Saturday.

Lahm, who has spent his whole career - bar a loan spell with Stuttgart - at Bayern as a defender and midfielder, has just won his eighth Bundesliga title with the club. Football is going to miss one of the best players ever.

He told a podcast with business magazine Sponsors: "In the Bundesliga, I will definitely not play anymore, that chapter is finished". "It's been a pure joy to have this gentleman with us in Munich".

Alonso will have fond memories of his three years in Germany, but it will likely be more emotional for the legendary Lahm, who has been at Bayern since 1995.

In contrast to some signings at the Bernabeu, Alonso had little interest in "galactico" status.

The skipper led the team out for the final time and was predictably a shining example on the pitch once more. "I see it as my job to create things for the players around me so that the game's easier for them and they can be more effective in their position". On his unique career I can only tip my hat and congratulate him on what he has achieved in a one and a half decades of his professional career.

Between them, Lahm and Alonso have won every major trophy including the World Cup and European Championships with Germany and Spain respectively.

It was the Champions League final between Borussia Dortmund and Juventus [Played at the Olympiastadion in Munich].

"Just to finish: I read that I am against the young players, but some people forget I put Buffon in the goal when he was 17 years old", Ancelotti said.

Alonso's face says it all in the footage below. "After winning the Champions League with Real Madrid, I felt that my work there was done".

The fact that he has collected more titles than yellow cards, and never received a red card, are astonishing.

"I'll remember that moment for the rest of my life", he said.

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