Germany’s midfield maestro Toni Kroos announces retirement after EURO 2024

Real Madrid's German midfielder #08 Toni Kroos (C) and Real Madrid's players lift the trophy to celebrate their victory at the end of the UEFA Champions League final football match between Borussia Dortmund and Real Madrid, at Wembley stadium, in London, on June 1, 2024. Photo: AFP

German football legend Toni Kroos, renowned for his precision passing and creativity, will be hanging up his boots after the upcoming UEFA EURO 2024 tournament on home turf.

The 34-year-old World Cup champion confirmed this month that he will bid farewell to the sport after a glittering career filled with titles.

Kroos enjoyed success at clubs like Bayern Munich and Real Madrid, where he accumulated numerous accolades.

In his final club appearance on Saturday, he played a pivotal role in Real Madrid’s UEFA Champions League triumph over Borussia Dortmund, securing his sixth title in the prestigious competition.

Starting at Bayern Munich, where he clinched Champions League and Bundesliga titles, Kroos later moved to Real Madrid, where he added five more Champions League trophies and four LaLiga championships to his resume.

His impact as a player known for his exceptional passing, vision, and footballing intelligence is undeniable, solidifying his status as one of the sport’s all-time greats.