Kroos bids emotional farewell to Real Madrid fans

Toni Kroos bade an emotional farewell to Real Madrid fans at a sold-out Santiago Bernabeu on Saturday, marking the end of a remarkable decade with the Spanish giants. The German midfielder played his final home game in a goalless draw against Real Betis. With Real Madrid already confirmed as La Liga champions, and European qualification and relegation spots decided, the evening focused on celebrating the 34-year-old Kroos.

Kroos’ Stellar Career at Real Madrid

One of Real Madrid’s most successful players, Kroos made 464 appearances and helped secure over 20 major trophies, including four European Cups. Kroos announced his retirement would come after this year’s European Championship on home soil.

Emotional Scenes at Santiago Bernabeu

Kroos fought back tears as he walked onto the pitch through a corridor formed by his teammates, all wearing his number eight jersey. Fans held up a giant flag with his face and the words “Thank you, legend,” covering the south stand. In the 85th minute, Kroos broke down in tears when he was substituted, receiving another standing ovation. He embraced his three children, who were also in tears on the sidelines.

The game paused for several minutes as Kroos hugged each of his teammates and his coach. After the final whistle, Kroos, his family, and teammates did a lap of honor, with fans serenading him for almost 30 minutes.

Kroos’ Heartfelt Thank You

“I can only say thank you to all the Madridismo, to the club, to my teammates, to the stadium,” Kroos told reporters. “I’ve always felt at home during these 10 years. I couldn’t ask for more. They have been 10 unforgettable years.”

Real ended its La Liga campaign top of the standings on 95 points, 13 ahead bitter rivals Barcelona in second. It faces Borussia Dortmund next Saturday in the Champions League final.

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