Euro 2024: Toni Kroos to retire from professional football after tournament


Germany midfielder Toni Kroos has announced he will retire from professional football after the Euro 2024 championship on home soil.

The 34-year-old has enjoyed a illustrious career which started at Bayern Munich where he spent seven years, in between a loan spell at Bayer Leverkusen, before moving to Real Madrid in the summer of 2014 after winning the FIFA World Cup with Germany.

Kroos has had a trophy-laden stint at the Santiago Bernabeu, winning 21 trophies including four La Liga titles and four Champions League titles.

He previously quit international football in July 2021 but came out of retirement in February this year after talks with Germany coach Julian Nagelsmann.

“My ambition was always to finish my career at the peak of my performance level,” Kroos said in an Instagram post.

“I am happy and proud that in my mind I found the right timing for my decision and that I could choose it on my own.


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Kroos also stated that Real Madrid was going to be his last club and will play one last time when Los Blancos face Borussia Dortmund in the UEFA Champions League for the final at Wembley on June 1.

“I have always said Real Madrid is and will be my last club,” he said.

“After 10 years at the end of season this chapter comes to an end. I will never forget this successful time.”

Kroos has played 46 times for Real Madrid this season, scoring one goal and providing nine assists.

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