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Toni Kroos announces retirement from football

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  • The 34-year-old has won over 100 caps for Germany
  • Kroos has been with Real Madrid for the past 10 seasons
  • The midfielder helped his country lift the FIFA World Cup in 2014

FIFA World Cup™ winner Toni Kroos has announced that he will retire from football following UEFA EURO 2024 in his homeland this summer.

The Germany and Real Madrid midfielder confirmed the news on his Einfach mal Luppen podcast before releasing a statement via Instagram, stating that this will be his 10th and final season with Los Blancos, before his international swansong in the coming weeks

Kroos, who joined Real in the summer of 2014 from Bayern Munich, was part of the Germany squad which lifted the FIFA World Cup in the same year, stunning hosts Brazil 7-1 in the semi-final, before edging out Argentina 1-0 thanks to Mario Gotze’s extra-time winner..

Kroos said: “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 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. 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.”

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