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Thiago Alcantara Retires from Football After Liverpool Departure

Veteran midfielder Thiago Alcantara announced his retirement from professional football at the age of 33, according to reports from Fabrizio Romano. The former Barcelona, Bayern Munich, and Liverpool star decided to hang up his boots after a career filled with trophies and accolades.

Thiago debuted professionally for Barcelona B in 2008 and soon became a fixture in the first team at Camp Nou. In 2013, he joined Bayern Munich, where he spent seven successful years, winning seven Bundesliga titles, four DFB-Pokals, the Champions League, and the Club World Cup.

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In 2020, Thiago moved to Liverpool, where he won the FA Cup. However, injuries plagued his time at Anfield, limiting him to just five minutes of competitive football in the 2023/24 season. This fitness struggle likely influenced his decision to retire.

Before announcing his retirement, Thiago was briefly linked with a move back to La Liga with Girona but ultimately chose to end his playing career.

Throughout his illustrious career, Thiago enjoyed tremendous success, winning a total of 16 major trophies. This includes four La Liga titles and the Champions League with Barcelona, as well as numerous honors during his time at Bayern Munich.

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Despite his impressive club achievements, Thiago earned only 46 caps for the Spanish national team, struggling to dislodge the likes of Xavi, Andres Iniesta, and Cesc Fabregas from the starting lineup.

As he embarks on a new chapter, Fabrizio Romano reports that Thiago wants to remain involved in football, though it remains to be seen whether he will pursue a career as a manager or coach. Regardless of his future plans, the former midfielder’s legacy as one of the most technically gifted players of his generation is secure.

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