Real Madrid Legend Toni Kroos Confirms Retirement Post Euro 2024; UCL Final To Be Last Club Game

Toni Kroos has confirmed his retirement from professional football and will leave Real Madrid at the end of the current season. The 2024 Champions League will be his last game for his club, while the 2024 Euros on home soil will be the final time he steps on the pitch for the Germany national team.
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Toni Kross has retired from the sport

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KEY HIGHLIGHTS
  • Toni Kross has confirmed his retirement
  • Kross will leave Real Madrid at the end of the season
  • Kross will bid adieu to the sport after Euro 2024
Real Madrid legend Toni Kroos has confirmed his retirement from football post the end of the 2024 Euros which will take place in Germany. The 2024 UEFA Champions League final between Real Madrid and Borussia Dortmund will be the last game of his club career while his final outing for the German national team will be on home soil in the continental showpiece event.
Kross joined Real Madrid in 2014 and will not renew his contract after a decade at the club. The German midfield talisman is among the finest midfielders to grace the sport and one of the most decorated football players in history having won the FIFA World Cup in 2014 and lifted the UEFA Champions League five times having lifted the prize with Bayern Munich in 2013 before being part of Las Blancos' triumphs in 2016, 2017, 2018, and 2022. He has also won three Bundesliga titles with Bayern Munich and four La Liga trophies with Real Madrid.
Before joining Real Madrid in 2014, Kroos graduated from the Bayern Academy and played for their senior team for seven years from 2007 to 2014. He spent two seasons on loan at Bayern Leverkusen.
"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," wrote Kross on Instagram in an open letter to Real Madrid fans.
"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. From now on there is only one leading thought: a por la 15!!! HALA MADRID Y NADA MAS!," Kross added.
"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," said Real Madrid in a statement.
Kross had previously retired from international football post the 2021 Euros and missed the FIFA World Cup 2022 in Qatar but made a comeback for the 2024 Euros.
Kross alongisde Luka Modric and Dani Carjaval can become the first footballers in history to win the Champions League title six times.
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