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Champions League 100 club: Xabi Alonso

In a latest complement of a array holding a closer demeanour during a chosen organisation of players to have done 100 or some-more UEFA Champions League appearances, we peruse a career of two-time leader Xabi Alonso.

CHAMPIONS LEAGUE 100 CLUB

Appearances

Liverpool: 47
Real Madrid: 47
Bayern: 25
Real Sociedad: 8

Goals

Liverpool: 2
Bayern: 3
Real Sociedad: 1

Watch highlights from a 2005 Champions League final

Watch highlights from a 2005 Champions League final

Best performance

Winner (Liverpool 2005)

If we don’t remember him …

Not a actor given to hogging a limelight, Xabi Alonso was regarded as a youth partner to Steven Gerrard in a Liverpool midfield, and was not a brightest star in a Real Madrid side that enclosed Cristiano Ronaldo. However, team-mates and fans recognized a relentless peculiarity La Barba Roja (Redbeard) delivered to all of his clubs, tidying adult in a defensive midfield position and gripping a turn relocating as a aristocrat of a deep-lying playmakers.

How he done it to 100 appearances …

Xabi Alonso was dangling for a 2014 final

Xabi Alonso was dangling for a 2014 final©Getty Images

Xabi Alonso was one of Rafael Benítez’s initial signings during Anfield when he assimilated Liverpool in summer 2004, and a Real Sociedad captain showed his value as he helped a Reds to win a UEFA Champions League in thespian conform that season. He remained a Liverpool unchanging until he assimilated Real Madrid in 2009, Gerrard observant he was “devastated” when his midfield partner changed on.

He did not measure in his 47 UEFA Champions League games during Real Madrid, though fans had no complaints. However, he was substantially reduction than gay when he missed a 2014 UEFA Champions League final by suspension. He brought adult his 100 during Bayern, where Josep Guardiola called him “one of a best midfielders I’ve ever seen in my life” and done his final apperances behind during his initial club, Real Sociedad.

His best moments …

  • Alonso was pivotal in a ‘Miracle if Istanbul’ with a final of Liverpool’s 3 goals in 6 insane mins opposite Milan in a 2005 UEFA Champions League final. Initially denied from a chastisement mark by Dida, he had a participation of mind to follow adult and glow a miscarry into a roof of a net to make it 3-3. The Reds, famously, would go on to bind a prize on penalties.
See Xabi Alonso's double for Spain opposite France in 2012

See Xabi Alonso’s double for Spain opposite France in 2012

  • Liverpool’s adversary with Chelsea in a 2000s was heated and Alonso struck one of a many suggestive blows. It might not have been his many fantastic idea – his 60-metre strike opposite Newcastle in 2006 certainly scooping that honour – though his deflected bid during Stamford Bridge earned Rafael Benítez’s group a 1-0 win and finished a Blues’ four-year, 86-match dominant home run. 
  • As if winning his 100th top in a UEFA EURO 2012 quarter-final was not adequate of an achievement, Alonso scored both goals as Spain kick France in a rival diversion for a initial time. Eight days later, he would get his hands on a prize for a second time as Spain’s golden era done it 3 uninterrupted successes during vital tournaments.

What others pronounced about him …

“It was transparent Alonso was kingship after a initial training event together in Aug 2004. He was, by some distance, a best executive midfielder we ever played alongside.”
Steven Gerrard, former Liverpool midfielder

“Nobody can pass a turn like him. we remember on his entrance during Anfield, it substantially took him about 39 mins before he unnoticed a pass. Unbelievable player.”
John Arne Riise, former Liverpool midfielder

Xabi Alonso won 3 Bundesliga titles during Bayern

Xabi Alonso won 3 Bundesliga titles during Bayern©AFP/Getty Images

“People know how good he is. He has got everything. He is one of a many finish midfielders in a world.”
Pepe Reina, former Liverpool goalkeeper

“Before a [2007] Champions League final we were in Portugal and we went go-karting. We went turn and we come in and flew into a pit, apparently where you’re ostensible to stop. we suspicion right I’ll only stop now. No brakes whatsoever… so I’ve seen Alonso and I’ve seen [Dirk] Kuyt and we suspicion who’s some-more valuable? So I’ve swerved into Kuyt.”
Peter Crouch, former Liverpool forward

“Xabi Alonso played during Liverpool and Real Madrid for 5 years each. He was always universe category and reliable this during Bayern.”
Jupp Heynckes, former Bayern coach

“Xabi Alonso is like a metronome, a actor in a character of Xavi Hernández. I’m certain that when he hangs his boots adult he’ll be a good coach. He reminds me of Pep Guardiola when he was a player.”
José Mourinho, former Real Madrid coach

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