Philipp Lahm and Xabi Alonso are two of the greatest players of their generation. But both players announced earlier this year that they would retire after the season and Saturday, with Bayern Munich playing their final match of the season, it was time for them to say goodbye.
Lahm walks away with an astonishing 16 trophies for Bayern Munich, not to mention the 2014 World Cup title. He spent 22 years at the club, having joined the Bayern academy before even becoming a teenager. And while he was offered the chance to be the club's sporting director, he decided against it. The man Pep Guardiola called the most intelligent player he's ever met wants to spend his retirement with his family, at least to begin with.
Alonso wasn't a club institution like Lahm, having only joined Bayern Munich in 2016. But the Spaniard did win a World Cup and two Euro titles to go along with two trophies at Liverpool, four at Real Madrid and four more at Bayern Munich. Not bad, and he'll go down as one of the best passers the game has ever seen, capable of hitting a 40-yard diagonal better than anyone.