Updated May 21st, 2024 at 23:47 IST

Toni Kroos Announces Retirement After Euro 2024: A Stellar Career Comes To An End

Toni Kroos will retire after Euro 2024, ending a legendary career with 33 titles and multiple individual records with Real Madrid, Bayern Munich, and Germany.

Toni Kroos Announces Retirement After Euro 2024 | Image:X: toni Kroos
Advertisement

Toni Kroos, one of the finest midfielders and the backbone of Real Madrid has decided to hang his boots after playing the Euro 2024 tournament in Germany. This marks the end of an era for a player who has been pivotal to the successes of both his clubs and the German national team.

Over his tenure, he has amassed an impressive total of 33 titles, with his club teams Real Madrid and Bayern Munich, as well as with the German national team. As he prepares to leave the ground, he stands on the brink of adding two more prestigious titles to his name: the Champions League and the European Championship.

Advertisement

While the news of his retirement has undoubtedly saddened many fans, Kroos approached the situation with his characteristic humor. He posted a comedic message on his social media, stating, "At least I'm trending." This lightheartedness is emblematic of his personality both on and off the pitch.

Advertisement

Individual Records

On the individual front, Kroos's talents have been widely recognized. He has been named to the FIFA FIFPRO WORLD 11 three times and was honored as the best playmaker by the International Federation of Football History & Statistics (IFFHS) in 2014. Additionally, he was awarded the Golden Ball as the best player of the 2007 U-17 World Cup in South Korea, a clear indicator of his potential from a young age.

With Real Madrid

During his time with Real Madrid, Kroos has collected an astounding 22 titles. These include:

Advertisement
  • Four Champions League trophies
  • Five Club World Cups
  • Four UEFA Super Cups
  • Four La Liga titles
  • One Copa del Rey
  • Four Spanish Super Cups

Kroos has the opportunity to claim his 23rd title with Real Madrid as they face Borussia Dortmund in the Champions League final on June 1 at Wembley.

Advertisement

With Bayern Munich

Before his successful stint in Spain, Kroos was a key player for Bayern Munich, where he secured 10 titles:

Advertisement
  • One Champions League
  • One Club World Cup
  • One UEFA Super Cup
  • Three Bundesliga titles
  • Three DFB-Pokal trophies
  • One DFL-Supercup

International Awards

Kroos's international career is highlighted by Germany's triumph at the 2014 World Cup in Brazil. He played a crucial role in the team's success, including the unforgettable 7-1 semifinal victory over the host nation Brazil. The tournament culminated in Germany lifting the trophy after defeating Argentina, led by Lionel Messi, in the final.

Advertisement

Published May 21st, 2024 at 23:43 IST