Real Madrid’s Toni Kroos to retire after Euro 2024

Real Madrid midfielder Toni Kroos will retire from football after playing for Germany at this summer’s European Championship, the player announced on Tuesday.

Kroos, 34, has won 22 trophies with Madrid since joining in 2014, including four Champions Leagues — plus another with Bayern Munich — and four La Liga titles.

The midfielder first raised the prospect of retiring in 2022, before deciding to play on for another season, but has now chosen to end his career this summer.

“After 10 years, at the end of the season this chapter comes to an end,” Kroos posted on Instagram.

“I would particularly like to thank everyone who 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 European Championship. As I have always said: Real Madrid is and will be my last club. 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.”

Kroos announced his return to international football with Germany in February ahead of the Euros, having previously retired from international duty in 2021.

“We suspected that some people knew [his decision], but it’s still taken us by surprise,” a source close to the dressing room told ESPN. “The truth is, he’s irreplaceable.”

Real Madrid won La Liga this season and will face Borussia Dortmund in the Champions League final at Wembley on June 1.

“We thought he’d stay, but we’re forever grateful,” a club source told Absportz. “It was a possibility.”

Kroos played for Bayern Munich at youth level and made his first-team debut in September 2007. He was a part of the Bayern squad that won the Champions League in 2013 before joining Madrid the next summer.

Since that time, he has been a key figure in Madrid’s midfield, forming an iconic trio alongside Luka Modric and Casemiro.

“I’ve always said that I won’t go anywhere else,” he said in November 2022. “I won’t change clubs. I’ll retire here. The only thing I don’t know is when.”

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