Toni Kroos is set to retire from football.
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An emotional Toni Kroos says dreams have been shattered after Germany lost to Spain 1-2 in the quarterfinal of UEFA EURO 2024. He said the team did everything possible to avoid defeat and nearly touched victory, but bowed out.

The former Real Madrid footballer feels bitter and sad. Kroos, 34, acknowledged that it was a game but they gave it their all not to lose. He believes the German side can be proud of the fact that everyone was able to step it up a notch. The team gave German football hope again, but is disappointed that they now cannot go further.

Kroos shared that they all had this big dream, a big goal. And now it’s shattered. Despite playing a good tournament, the Germans have been left feeling bitter.

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Toni Kroos to Hang Up His Boots For Good

In May, Kroos, the 6x FIFA Club World winner, reiterated that he will wrap up his career at Real Madrid. The midfielder said this summer will be the end for him. Kroos acknowledged that it’s the hardest decision of his life, but he has to take the step. He started playing football at the age of six. Kroos said football has always been at the center of his life and now wants to retire successfully.

Carlo Ancelotti, Real Madrid manager, said he respects Kroos’ decision to go out at the top. He told a news conference that Kroos made his decision and they have to respect it. Ancelotti said everyone wants to go out on the top, but one needs the courage to take that step. He acknowledged that replacing a player of that level is difficult, but Real Madrid has the resources to fill the gap. The Real Madrid manager said a player of Kroos’ quality is hard to find. He lauded the legendary midfielder’s calm personality and his focus.