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‘We will miss you’ – Real Madrid players react to Toni Kroos retirement announcement

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Concluding a storied career at the club, Real Madrid legend Toni Kroos has decided to hang up his boots at the end of the season after the 2024 Euros.

Since joining the Merengues in 2014, Kroos has won an incredible 22 titles and could soon add another to the trophy cabinet with the Champions League final against Borussia Dortmund up ahead.

The German’s intelligence and consistent performances have cemented his legacy as one of his generation’s finest midfielders, and Kroos’ departure has understandably sparked immense emotion from his accomplices.

Players mourn Kroos’ impending departure

Following his social media post where he shared a heartfelt message bidding the Madrid faithful goodbye, several players came out to show their support for Kroos.

Players such as Vinicius and Rodrygo expressed their emotions with tear emojis on Kroos’ farewell.

Thibaut Courtois openly admitted, “We will miss you.” David Alaba wrote, “You know I’m really upset. Anton, I love you, you’re a legend!

Jude Bellingham reacted with a heartbroken emoji alongside the goat emoji, while Vinicius Jr., Brahim, and Nacho Fernandez also expressed their sadness with emojis on Kroos’ post.

Furthermore, Camavinga reposted the German’s post on his Instagram story with tearful emoticons.

Dani Carvajal also took to social media to post an emotional farewell message for the iconic midfielder.

Former teammates equally distraught

Former teammates Marcelo and James Rodriguez deemed him a “legend”, while the current Madrid players Joselu and Lucas Vazquez shared the same sentiment.

Gareth Bale posted a picture alongside Kroos on his story with the caption: “Congratulations on an amazing career. A pleasure to play alongside you.”

Another icon of the threepeat era Isco Alcaron posted the message: “A shame, friend! But you’ve outplayed the game.”

The outpour of love and emotion is a testament to the respect Kroos has from his teammates. And it is no surprise that the Real Madrid players and officials are devastated to learn Kroos’ imminent exit.

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Spain midfielder credits Real Madrid assistant manager for career success

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Spain’s European Championship campaign so far has been one filled with revelations. From young Lamine Yamal and Nico Williams on the wings to the ever-so-solid midfield, La Roja have impressed across the park and have taken the tournament by storm.

One such player who has played a critical role for the team despite not being in many pundits’ squad for the tournament is Fabian Ruiz. The PSG midfielder has been sensational for Luis de la Fuente’s men so far, scoring once and providing one assist in two games.

Despite not having any direct links with Real Madrid, the Spanish midfielder interestingly credits Davide Ancelotti for his success and AS brings the story.

A chapter in Naples

Fabian Ruiz may have never played for Los Blancos in his career so far, but he crossed paths with the Ancelottis in Naples a few years ago.

Ruiz signed for the Italian club from Real Betis in 2018 for a fee of €30 million. At the time, he was not known widely and was just seen as another routine Spanish midfielder aspiring to make it big.

As revealed by the player in a recent interview, however, it was Carlo Ancelotti’s son and Real Madrid assistant manager Davide Ancelotti who first saw the spark in him.

“Meeting him was a very important step in my career. From the beginning, he backed me, and it was not easy to pay what Napoli paid for me, a player who had not played much in La Liga with Betis.”

“If it weren’t for him, I wouldn’t be here. I have a very good relationship and friendship with him,” he added.

Fabian Ruiz credits Davide Ancelotti for his success. (Photo by GLYN KIRK/AFP via Getty Images)

A special eye

Ruiz’s comments on Davide Ancelotti only make it clearer as to why Carlo Ancelotti holds his son’s advice in high regard. It is, after all, a testament to the tactician’s keen eye for special talent.

As revealed earlier this year, it was the manager’s son who suggested Joselu’s substitution against Bayern Munich in the UEFA Champions League semifinals when the team was on the brink of elimination.

What happened next was history as the veteran scored twice within minutes to turn the game around and send the Bavarians crashing out.

Davide has been rumoured to be interested in walking his own path soon as a specialist coach, but as it stands, will continue working under his father for at least one more year at Real Madrid.

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