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Lahm bids emotional farewell as Bayern Munich honour retiring captain

Lahm bids emotional farewell as Bayern Munich honour retiring captain

Lahm played his 517th and final game for the Bundesliga champions. Xabi Alonso, 35, will also call time on his illustrious career, as well as 36-year-old third-choice goalkeeper Tom Starke against Freiburg.

He won the Champions League titles with Liverpool, on that unforgettable night in Istanbul, then nine years later when Real Madrid won "la Decima" - a 10 European Cup title - in the 2014 Lisbon final.

"I have perhaps noticed that more from the outside looking in".

"I didn't know that a player who takes on the role of captain doesn't have to give it back afterwards". "Now I don't have to play anything".

Alonso: They were all very happy for Philipp Lahm and myself because we have brought the curtain down on important careers.

"I want to be remembered as a pure football player", Alonso told Marca.

Coach Carlo Ancelotti praised his team and said that he intends to go on and win many more titles over the next years with the team.

Cristiano Ronaldo and Karim Benzema seal title for Real Madrid
Finally, Real Sociedad need to win in Vigo and hope that either Athletic or Villarreal slip up in order to move into the top-six. But Karim Benzema and Toni Kroos made it a rout to keep Real on course for a LaLiga and Champions League double.

In Stuttgart, Lahm had his breakthrough with his first Champions League games in the Stuttgart jersey.

Lahm, with 516 appearances to his name for Die Roten, has amassed an incredible trophy haul during his 12 years as part of the Bayern first team. It was a meaningless game and I only played for about three minutes in the Olympiastadion.

Entirely scandal-free, Lahm has created a gleaming reputation as a reliable world class player with unique passing and tackling skills in almost 130 Champions League games, around 370 in the Bundesliga and 113 for Germany.

"There are mixed feelings, I must say", said Lahm before the beer hit him.

The words "legend", "icon" and "hero" are used far too frequently to describe modern day footballers, but Buffon definitely belongs in this illustrious category and he's not alone because Xabi Alonso and Phillip Lahm are there alongside him.

Bayern president Uli Hoenes presents Lahm with a set of golf clubs.

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