Updated May 21st, 2024 at 18:19 IST

Toni Kroos retires: 32 titles in club football, 1 World Cup but only one title he failed to win

Toni Kroos one of the most iconic midfielders in football has announced his retirement at the end of Euros. Here are all the accolades he has won.

Toni Kroos retires | Image:AP
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Toni Kroos will retire from soccer after the 2024 European Championship, Real Madrid said Tuesday.

Madrid said the 34-year-old German international “has decided to bring an end to his time as a professional footballer following Euro 2024.”

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“Real Madrid would like to express its gratitude and affection to Toni Kroos, a player who will go down in Real Madrid history as one of our club and international football’s greatest legends,” the club said.

Kroos has been with Madrid since 2014, helping it win 22 titles, including four European Cups and four Spanish leagues. He made 463 appearances with the club. Toni Kroos has additionally won 10 more titles at club level with Bayern Munich including a Champions League and also won the World Cup with Germany. But the only missing title for Toni Kroos is the Euros. 

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“Real Madrid would like to express its gratitude and affection to Toni Kroos, a player who will go down in Real Madrid history as one of our club and international football’s greatest legends,” the club said.

“Toni Kroos is one of the great players in Real Madrid history and this club will always be his home,” club president Florentino Pérez said.

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Madrid said Kroos will remain forever in the hearts of every fan “thanks to his mastery of the game and the fact he has given his all for our jersey, a steadfast example of the values of Real Madrid.”

Kroos’ contract with Madrid was expiring at the end of this season and the club and the player were reportedly negotiating an extension.

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Kroos said in February he agreed to play for Germany at Euro 2024 after a request from coach Julian Nagelsmann. He has not played for for the national team in almost three years, since Germany’s loss to England in the second round of the last European Championship.

He had said a few months ago that he didn’t know what would happen next season.

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Published May 21st, 2024 at 17:15 IST