Over his career, Xabi Alonso didn’t often attract the media’s close attention. The thing is that he mostly played for the team’s football results, consciously sacrificing his own successes. In particular, speaking about English Liverpool, he had to play second, accompanied to Steven Gerrard company. After moving to Real Madrid, he was also in the shadow of other stars, such as Cristiano Ronaldo. But despite all these facts, the fans highly appreciated his abilities, always welcoming him to every club.
At his native Real Sociedad he not only built himself as a first-class defensive midfielder, but acted as the captain as well. He gained the first really prominent results football after moving to Liverpool. The famous final of the 2005 Champions League can be considered as a starting point. After four years, it was time to move on, although the transfer to capital Real couldn’t be called easy. Xabi couldn’t score for 47 games in a row, but the coach had no reason to be upset, given the amount of work he did on the field.
What is Xabi Alonso remembered for
Xabi’s last chord in professional career as a player was his transfer to Bayern, where he quickly joined the game of the German grandee. Indeed, Alonso was remembered by fans for being able to influence the state of affairs in the Spanish La Liga table. When experts are asked to recall the key moments in the Spaniard’s career, the following ones come to mind:
- He took a direct part in the so-called Istanbul Miracle, which was written in the history of world football. On that day, Liverpool managed not only to win back a three-goal gap against Italian Milan within six minutes, but also to win that final game of the Champions League. Xabi also scored his goal, completing an eleven-meter kick appointed by the referee. The Italian goalkeeper was able to peat off the ball, but the Spaniard managed to finish off in time.
- The most important goal in Alonso’s career is the one scored against Chelsea in London. At the beginning of the 2000s, Liverpool was engaged in an uncompromising struggle with the capital club. Although the minimal victory at Stamford Bridge (1-0) may seem insignificant, especially if compared with the player’s major successes in the table Spanish La Liga, but it was Xabi’s lucky strike that interrupted Chelsea’s winless streak, which lasted 86 matches.
The hundredth match of the Spaniard in the national team should be mentioned separately. Then, he scored two goals, which allowed Spain to beat France for the first time in official duels.