Bayern's Lahm and Alonso bid farewell

Two of the most significant players of the past decade, Bayern München's Philipp Lahm and Xabi Alonso, have hung up their boots at the end of the German league season. pays tribute.

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Philipp Lahm

Philipp Lahm bows out with another league title
Philipp Lahm bows out with another league title©Getty Images

In numbers
Stuttgart (2003–05)
League appearances 53
League goals 2

Bayern München (2002–17)
League appearances 332
League goals 12

Germany (2004–14)
Appearances 113
Goals 5

In trophies
FIFA World Cup 2014
UEFA Champions League 2013
UEFA Super Cup 2013
FIFA Club World Cup 2013
Bundesliga 2006, 2008, 2010, 2013, 2014, 2015, 2016, 2017
DFB Pokal 2006, 2008, 2010, 2013, 2014, 2016

In quotes
"Philipp is the most intelligent footballer I have ever worked with."
Josep Guardiola

For all his success at Bayern, the moment where he lifted the World Cup into the air after Germany had defeated Argentina in the 2014 final.

Xabi Alonso

Watch some of Xabi Alonso's career highlights
Watch some of Xabi Alonso's career highlights

In numbers
Real Sociedad (2000–04)
League appearances 119
League goals 9

Liverpool (2004–09)
League appearances 143
League goals 15

Real Madrid (2009–14)
League appearances 158
League goals 4

Bayern München (2014– 17)
League appearances 79
League goals 5

Spain (2003–14)
Appearances 114
Goals 16

In trophies
FIFA World Cup 2010
UEFA European Championship 2008, 2012
UEFA Champions League 2005, 2014
UEFA Super Cup 2005
Spanish Liga 2012
Bundesliga 2015, 2016, 2017
FA Cup 2006
Copa del Rey 2011, 2014
DFB Pokal 2016

In quotes
"Xabi Alonso holds the key to everything. He is a very important player in this team, he has exceptional experience and qualities. He has that rare ability to see what is going to happen before it does."
Carlo Ancelotti

Enjoying success at club level wherever he has been, was the midfield fulcrum of the Spanish side that dominated world football between 2008 and 2012, becoming the first team to win successive UEFA European Championships in the process.