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Germany great Toni Kroos pens emotional farewell post to football

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Munich, July 7: Over and out. Germany great Toni Kroos officially bid farewell to soccer on Sunday, two days after his team’s dramatic loss to Spain in the quarterfinals of the European Championship.
Substitute Mikel Merino’s game-winning goal in the last minute of extra time handed Spain a 2-1 victory, knocked out the host nation and ended Kroos’ playing career.
“So, that’s it,” Kroos wrote in a post on Instagram on Sunday. “But, before I take a break and at least try to realize what happened over the last 17 years I don’t want to miss the opportunity to say thank you to everyone accepting me how and who I am.” The 2014 World Cup winner went on to thank his fans, clubs, coaches and teammates, as well as his friends and family, adding that there is “nothing better (than) to see your kids being proud of daddy.” Kroos won a host of titles, mostly with Real Madrid, but also with Bayern Munich – six Champions Leagues, four Spanish leagues, three Bundesligas, three German Cups and one Copa del Rey.
The 34-year-old Kroos announced in May that he would retire at the end of Euro 2024. That meant that his 114th match for Germany turned out to be his last.
Kroos ended his post with the words: “Last, but not least: Thank you Football! You beautiful game. And. you’re welcome! Over and out.”
In his farewell, Toni Kroos leaves behind an indelible legacy, etched with triumphs and unforgettable moments that transcended the boundaries of the pitch.
As the German maestro steps away from the beautiful game, he does so with gratitude and humility, embodying the spirit of a true sportsman. His accolades, spanning from domestic leagues to the grandest international stages, tell the tale of a career defined by excellence and dedication.
Though his presence will be missed, the echoes of his brilliance will inspire future generations. With heartfelt thanks, Kroos bids adieu, reminding us all of the joy, passion, and unity that football brings. Over and out, indeed. (AP)

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