Xabi Alonso will call time on a 28-year career in football at the end of the season, according to Bild.
The Spanish midfielder has won a plethora of trophies at the top level, and his final farewell will be spent at Bundesliga giants Bayern Munich.
The 35-year-old moved to the Allianz Arena in 2014 and has so far won four major trophies, including two league titles, with the German outfit.
Prior to his switch to Bayern, Alonso had a successful five-year spell at Real Madrid, winning the Champions League and La Liga title.
The midfielder caught the attention of the football world when he signed for Rafael Benitez’s Liverpool from Real Sociedad in 2004.
He quickly became a fan favourite and went on to play a pivotal role in the Reds’ epic comeback victory in the 2005 Champions League final against AC Milan in Istanbul.
Alonso remains adored on Merseyside, and plenty of Liverpool fans, as well as others from the football world, have paid tribute to the midfielder ahead of his impending retirement.
Sad to hear Xabi Alonso retirement plans unbelievable player dont think the world will see a better passer of the ball play the game #YNWA
— Smithy__11 (@TehSmiithy) January 18, 2017
— Paul Gormley (@paulbgormley) January 18, 2017
Xabi Alonso is a glorious man and a very underrated footballer
— Liam (@_LiamWaiton) January 18, 2017
Xabi Alonso retiring because he's the next James Bond. pic.twitter.com/LhBseB3JuL
— Dave Phillips (@lovefutebol) January 18, 2017
I'd have loved Xabi Alonso at Man United.
That's just about the best compliment that I can give him. Massively underrated player.
— T (@T1mbles) January 18, 2017
— Sandip Singh (@Sindher) January 18, 2017
Xabi Alonso is the definition of class.
— Sakshi (@Sakshi_305) January 18, 2017
— Adam White (@adam3white) January 18, 2017
Xabi Alonso to retire after this season ???????? pic.twitter.com/bqM3z6Nx8t
— Zain Abiden. (@ZAbiden05) January 18, 2017
— PQF (@PandQaboutF) January 18, 2017
Whatever you do with your football career I will always love you @XabiAlonso ❤️
— Marysia (@batmanekx) January 18, 2017
Xabi Alonso is the coolest footballer ever!!!!! Football will surely miss him.
— Kag£ (@KayordeG) January 18, 2017