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“The greatest midfielder of all time…”, Footballers react to Toni Kroos' retirement

Published at :May 21, 2024 at 10:52 PM
Modified at :May 21, 2024 at 10:52 PM
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(Courtesy : Real Madrid)

Samannay Sen

The German star will retire at the end of EURO 2024

The football world is abuzz with reactions after Toni Kroos, the midfield maestro of Real Madrid and Germany, announced his retirement from professional football following Euro 2024.

Toni Kroos, known for his laser-like passing and calm control of the game, shared his decision on social media, leaving fans and fellow players alike reflecting on his exceptional career. Tributes poured in from across the footballing landscape from various Real Madrid former and current players.

Kroos, a World Cup winner with Germany in 2014 and a five-time Champions League champion with Real Madrid, has long been considered one of the most cerebral and technically gifted midfielders of his generation. His ability to dictate the tempo of a game with his passing range and composure on the ball was unmatched, earning him the nickname “Der Dirigent”.

Kroos’ playing style was a masterclass in control and vision. He wasn’t the flashiest midfielder, but his understanding of the game was unmatched. His passing range was legendary, with pinpoint long balls and defense-splitting through passes becoming his trademark.

He dictated the tempo of matches, dictating attacks and stifling opponents with his intelligent positioning. Toni Kroos’ influence extended beyond trophies and accolades. He was a vocal leader on the pitch, respected by teammates and opponents alike. His calm demeanor and calculated approach were a source of inspiration for aspiring midfielders.

The announcement, while unexpected, wasn’t entirely a surprise. Toni Kroos, at 34 years old, has hinted at retirement in recent seasons. However, the timing, just before a major tournament like Euro 2024, added a layer of drama to the news.

Toni Kroos‘ retirement announcement may mark the end of an era, but his impact on the game will undoubtedly be felt for years to come.  His influence on young players and his legacy of technical brilliance will continue to inspire aspiring midfielders around the world.

With this announcement on social media various footballers have reacted on X (formerly Twitter) and came up with several reactions.

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