Emotional Farewell: The Legacy of Toni Kroos as Real Madrid Midfielder Comes to an End

The Real Madrid midfielder wrote a letter on social networks

Toni Kroos surprised the football world by announcing his retirement from professional practice at the age of 34. He does it at a great moment in his career, because the last game he will play with Real Madrid will be in the UEFA Champions League final against Borussia Dortmund and his next challenge is the European Championship with Germany. Then, goodbye. After 10 years in the White House, the central midfielder left a very important legacy with 4 Champions Leagues (it could be 5) and one of his teammates dedicated an emotional farewell to him on social networks.

Federico Valverde emigrated to Merengue in 2016 from Peñarol in Uruguay and, after a loan spell at Deportivo La Coruña, he began to rub shoulders with the talented man he admired since he was little. That was Kroos. “I guess when we were kids we all had an idol. The one we admired, the one we saw on TV and thought ‘I want to be like that person when I grew up,’” he begins the letter posted on his official Instagram profile, followed by more than 14 million people.

“And if we were children with a lot of imagination, we could dream that we were playing ball with that idol, who was distant, untouchable, difficult to reach. That child was me. “That boy fulfilled his dream and played with the player he always had as an idol,” wrote El Pajarito. And he added: “Today with a strange feeling and a lump in my throat, I know that that child would have liked to play with you for ten more years, and so would I, Toni. Because I never stopped being that child who always admired you.”

He then concluded: “I’ve been thinking about this letter all day and I don’t think I ever told you, and I don’t know if I could do it personally, but I want you to know; I love you and a part of who I am is thanks to you.” The post was accompanied by different images between the two, added to the musicalization of the song Jugando, by the band Callejeros.

Federico Valverde’s farewell to Toni Kroos

One of the comments that stood out the most at the bottom of the publication was made by Vinicius Júnior, one of the figures on the team in the recent season: “The heir of the 8”. In this way, he nominated Valverde to keep the shirt number that will be vacant due to Kroos’ departure. Another teammate jumped on the wave, since Álvaro Rodríguez, Uruguayan striker for Real Madrid, left his note: “Now it’s your turn to continue the brother legacy.”

Earlier, the current champion of the Spanish League announced: “Real Madrid wants to express its gratitude and affection to Toni Kroos, a player who is already part of the history of Real Madrid and who is one of the great legends of our club and world football.” He played 463 games and scored 28 goals in his 10 seasons. He won nine local titles added to 13 internationally. During his time at Bayern Munich, he won 10 trophies and, together with the world championship won with Germany in the 2014 World Cup, totals 33 championships in his career.

Toni Kroos was in charge of making the news official through his personal Instagram account: “July 17, 2014, the day of my presentation at Real Madrid, the day that changed my life. My life as a footballer, but above all as a person. It was the beginning of a new life in the biggest club in the world. Today, after 10 years, at the end of the season, this life comes to an end.”

“As I have always said, Real Madrid is and will be my last club. Today I am happy and proud to have found in my head and in my heart the right moment for this decision. My ambition was always to finish my career at the top of my level. From this moment on, there is only one main thought in my mind and nothing is going to separate me from this: Let’s go for 15!!! “GO MADRID AND NOTHING ELSE!”, were Toni’s words regarding what could be the 15th Champions League if they beat Dortmund on June 1 at Wembley Stadium.

The statement from Real Madrid regarding the retirement of Toni Kroos

Real Madrid CF announces that Toni Kroos has decided to end his career as a professional football player after Euro 2024.

Real Madrid wants to express its gratitude and affection to Toni Kroos, a player who is already part of the history of Real Madrid and who is one of the great legends of our club and world football.

Toni Kroos arrived at our club in 2014, and has been a fundamental player in one of the most successful periods in the 122-year history of Real Madrid. During the ten seasons in which he has defended our shirt and our shield, he has won 22 titles in 463 games to date: 4 European Cups, 5 Club World Cups, 4 European Super Cups, 4 Leagues, 1 Copa del Rey and 4 Super Cups from Spain.

In addition to his titles with Real Madrid, Toni Kroos became world champion with the German team at the 2014 World Cup in Brazil.

With Bayern Munich, he won 1 European Cup, 1 Club World Cup, 1 European Super Cup, 3 Bundesliga, 3 German Cups and 2 German Super Cups.

At an individual level, Toni Kroos has been included in the FIFA FIFPRO World 11 team three times, was named the Best Playmaker in 2014 by the IFFHS and won the Golden Ball as best player at the 2007 U-17 World Cup in Korea.

Toni Kroos will forever remain in the hearts of all Madrid fans for the excellence of his football and for being a player who has given everything for this shirt, always representing the values ​​of Real Madrid.

The president of Real Madrid, Florentino Pérez, states that “Toni Kroos is one of the great players in the history of Real Madrid and that this club is and will always be his home.”

Real Madrid wishes him and his entire family the best of luck in this new stage of his life.

2024-05-22 01:01:00
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