Toni Kroos Announces Retirement After Euro 2024 Tournament

Toni Kroos Announces Retirement After Euro 2024 Tournament

May 21, 2024

Renowned sports journalist Fabrizio Romano, just announced the news of Toni Kroos’ retirement. The German midfielder, who has been a key figure at Real Madrid, will hang up his boots after the UEFA Euro 2024 tournament.

Toni Kroos’ journey with Real Madrid began in July 2014 when he joined the Spanish giants in a transfer worth €25 million from Bayern Munich. Over the next ten years, Kroos established himself as one of the best midfielders of his generation, contributing to an era of unprecedented success for the club. His trophy cabinet boasts twenty-one major honors, including four La Liga titles and four UEFA Champions League titles. Notably, he was a crucial part of the squad that won the Champions League three consecutive times from 2016 to 2018, earning a place in the competition’s team of the season each year.

In his letter addressed to the Real Madrid faithful, Kroos expressed his deep gratitude and affection for the club and its supporters:

“As I have always said: Real Madrid is and will be my last club.“

“July 17th, 2014 – the day of my presentation at Real Madrid, the day that changed my life. My life as a footballer – but especially as a person. It was the start of a new chapter at the biggest club in the world. After 10 years, at the end of the season this chapter comes to an end. I will never forget that insolent successful time! I would particularly like to thank everyone that welcomed me with an open heart and trusted me. But especially I would like to thank you, dear Madridistas, for your affection and your love from the first day until the last one. At the same time this decision means that my career as an active footballer will end this summer after the Euro championship.“

“I am happy and proud, that in my mind I found the right timing for my decision and that I could choose it by my own. My ambition was always to finish my career at the peak of my performance level. From now on there is only one leading thought: a por la 15!!! HALA MADRID Y NADA MAS!“

Kroos’ decision to retire after Euro 2024 allows him to conclude his illustrious career on the international stage. The tournament, which runs from 14 June to 14 July 2024, will see Germany playing as the host nation. They are seeded in Group A and will face Scotland in the opening match at the Munich Football Arena on 14 June.

Kroos’ legacy will be remembered for his exceptional vision, precise passing, and the calmness he brought to the pitch. His departure marks the end of an era for both Real Madrid and German football.

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