Xabi Alonso has wished his former Liverpool, Real Madrid and Spain teammate, Alvaro Arbeloa well after he announced he would be retiring.
The 34-year-old made over 200 appearances for both Madrid and Liverpool, before playing one year for West Ham.
Arbeloa’s decision to retire has been met with wild praise from former teammates and also Jose Mourinho.
“He arrived at Liverpool silently, away from the noise of the leading role,” Alonso said.
“He won the shirt through his fight and loyalty. We all remember his match [against Barcelona] in the Nou Camp in the Champions League in 2007.
“That day he became the player that all coaches want to have.
“Since our years in Liverpool and later in Madrid, we became inseparable, because Alvaro offers you his unconditional friendship.
“He never cared what they say, but he has always been faithful to his convictions. He has never hesitated to defend what he believes and that is why I admire him so much.
“Now a new stage is opening in his life, but with his head.
“For all these things I will always love you on my team. Both professionally as in life.”