Serial winner Kroos eyes two-trophy finish to career – Sport

Toni Kroos, a world champion and five-time Champions League winner, is eyeing two more major trophies after announcing on Tuesday he will retire after Euro 2024.

Kroos, who had stepped down from international duty after Germany’s last-16 Euros exit to England in 2021, answered a call from manager Julian Nagelsmann to return to the international setup in February.

This summer’s European Championship, which kicks off on June 14 when Germany faces Scotland in Munich, will be the last time the 2014 World Cup winner takes the field competitively.

At the club level, the 34-year-old will play one final match for Real Madrid in front of the club’s home fans, on Saturday against Real Betis, with the La Liga title already in the bag.

Kroos will then face Borussia Dortmund in the Champions League final on June 1.

In announcing his retirement on the podcast he co-presents with his brother Felix, he said his
“huge goal” was to “win that one at Wembley”.

Victory would mean a sixth Champions League trophy, equalling the record set by Real Madrid winger Paco Gento in 1966, the latest title in a glittering career for the man from the town on the Baltic Sea coast.

moved to Real Madrid where he won four Champions Leagues, including three in a row from 2016-2018, along with an array of domestic league titles and cups.

Bayern powerbroker Uli Hoeness later admitted his regret at letting Kroos leave, saying “a club needs to make difficult decisions sometimes. That was a hard one, and maybe the wrong one.”

demolition of the host nation in the semi-finals.

Before the 2016 Euros, then-Germany coach Joachim Low called Kroos the “decisive player for us”, saying “his teammates trust in him.”

“He always does well and is very economical in how he plays.

He does not make many mistakes.“

Germany came up short though, losing 2-0 to France in the semi-finals.

Named German Footballer of the Year in 2018, Kroos signed off from international duty after Germany was eliminated by England at the Euros in 2021.

While his retirement was seen as a part of a necessary generational shift seven years after Brazil, unlike Thomas Mueller, Jerome Boateng or Mats Hummels, Kroos made the decision himself.

His return in early 2024 helped a new-look Germany win friendlies against France and the Netherlands, kick-starting a wave of optimism after several years of disappointment.

On Tuesday, Kroos said he “never wanted to have the feeling that the club, the fans, the people around me had to tell me: ‘OK, that’s enough’.”

Kroos added he was now “still in the middle of it. I’m an active footballer with huge goals and having a lot of fun doing it.”

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