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Toni Kroos puts an end to his illustrious career

Toni Kroos, the iconic German midfielder, has announced his retirement from professional football at the age of 34. The Real Madrid and German national team star will hang the boots up on his storied career at the end of the season, leaving behind a memorable and captivating journey through the top tiers of European football.


In a surprising and emotional post on Instagram, Kroos confirmed that the upcoming Champions League final against Borussia Dortmund on June 1 will be his last match for Real Madrid. Following this, he plans to retire after representing Germany at the European Championship this summer.


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Kroos’ illustrious career began at Bayern Munich, where he became the club’s youngest Bundesliga player at 17. After a successful loan at Bayer Leverkusen, he returned to Bayern to win the Champions League in 2013. His move to Real Madrid in 2014 marked the start of an era of dominance, where he won four Champions League titles, four La Liga titles, and numerous other trophies. He was also a key part of Germany’s 2014 World Cup-winning squad.

Kroos’ retirement marks the end of an era for Real Madrid and German football. His decision to retire after the major tournaments of 2024 signifies his continued commitment to representing both his club and home country. “Toni Kroos is one of the greatest players in the history of Real Madrid,” said club president Florentino Pérez. Kroos’ career is a testament to his unparalleled skillset and winning mentality, cementing his legacy as one of the best midfielders of his generation. As he prepares for his final matches this summer, the football world will celebrate the contributions of one of the games modern legends.

What’s next?

In November last year, Toni Kroos announced that he would launch a small-sided football league together with the German streamer Elias Nerlich which aims to differentiate itself from traditional professional football. The Icon League, which is set to be a competitor to Gerard Pique’s highly popular Kings League, will start in the Summer of 2024.