Real Madrid’s nostalgic tribute to Toni Kroos in his last game at the Santiago Bernabéu – La Opinión

Real Madrid’s nostalgic tribute to Toni Kroos in his last game at the Santiago Bernabéu – La Opinión

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The continuity of the German midfielder Toni Kroos in the ranks of Real Madrid was in doubt for a long time, generating a lot of intrigue, doubts and anxiety, especially among the fans of the White House team. The surprise came accompanied by a withdrawal from professional football by the player. The decision not to continue playing and especially in the club of his life where he spent 10 years, was linked to a professional retirement.

“Today, after 10 years, at the end of the season, this life comes to an end. I will never forget this exciting successful decade! […] At the same time, this decision means that my career as an active footballer will end this summer after the Euro. As I have always said, Real Madrid is and will be my last club,” the German said on his official Instagram account.

This Saturday Kroos played what was his last game defending the colors of Real Madrid and in the legendary Santiago Bernabéu. He was greeted in the middle of the hallway by players from Madrid and Real Betis, as well as in the audience there was a huge banner that had the words ‘Thank you Legend’, accompanied by a photo of the player. An impressive ovation from the fans who sang and chanted ‘Kroos, Kroos’ in the 8th minute of the match. Images that are simply unique and for the infinite memory of the merengue team and much more for the German player.

His farewell to the Santiago Bernabéu

At 34 years old and carrying the weight of being one of the best midfielders in the world and perhaps from history, according to his statistics, Kroos appeared with the captain’s armband for the last time at the Santiago Bernabéu. In the hallway made up of teammates, wearing his shirt, and rivals, there was an atmosphere of laughter among teammates who know that the German does not like to be the center of attention and has a reserved and calm personality. The fans were up to the task at all times and from the stands they shouted at the top of their lungs: “Referee, don’t whistle that we’re leaving”, “goodbye, genius”, “thank you, therefore, maestro”, “thank you, legend”. ”, were some of the messages that the fans held up on banners as a tribute to the German.

The most emotional tears finally came

In the 86th minute of the game, the moment arrived that no one wanted to see, much less experience. Italian technical director Carlo Ancelotti removed Kroos from the field of play. Toni said goodbye to his teammates with a hug, but without shedding a tear. He applauded the stands and gave recognition with applause to the fans who supported him so much for 10 years, and headed to the bench, where he hugged the Italian coach and each of his teammates. Until now, Kroos kept a cold but grateful face.

He could not avoid tears at the moment of hugging his family, perhaps it was the side most sensitive and emotional that could be seen from Toni in a decade as a Real Madrid player. His three children were waiting for him, and the youngest quickly hugged him, crying.

Kroos collapsed, burst into very significant tears, hugging his children. a cry shared by a large part of the Madrid fans and their teammates, who said goodbye, with great sadness, but with a lot of pride and sense of belonging, as well as respect to a captain of the white club. On June 1, Kroos will play his last game as a professional player as he will face the Champions League final against Borussia Dortmund.

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