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Football family in shock as Kroos announces retirement, Vinicius others reacts

Real Madrid’s stars have flooded to social media on Tuesday afternoon, to respond to the news of teammate Toni Kroos’ decision to retire.

Midfield icon Kroos made official his decision to call time on his legendary career a short time ago.

The 34-year-old will see out the final two games of Real Madrid’s campaign, before bringing the curtain down on his playing days following the conclusion of Germany’s Euro 2024 adventure.

The news, understandably, has since rocked Real Madrid to its very core.

This of course comes with the widespread expectation having been that Kroos was in line to put pen to paper on a one-year contract extension imminently.

With the former Bayern Munich man’s call now official, though, tributes have already begun to pour in from across the world of football.

And front and centre in as much have been none other than Kroos’ teammates in Spain’s capital.

Taking to the comments section of the midfield maestro’s latest Instagram post, Vinícius Jr. and Rodrygo all provided their immediate reactions to the news.

Kroos, 34, has won 22 trophies with Madrid since joining in 2014, including four Champions Leagues — plus another with Bayern Munich — and four La Liga titles.

The midfielder first raised the prospect of retiring in 2022 before deciding to play on for another season but has now chosen to end his career this summer.

“After 10 years, at the end of the season this chapter comes to an end,” Kroos posted on Instagram.

“I would particularly like to thank everyone who welcomed me with an open heart and trusted me. But especially I would like to thank you, dear Madridistas, for your affection and your love from the first day until the last one.

“At the same time, this decision means that my career as an active footballer will end this summer after the European Championship. As I have always said: Real Madrid is and will be my last club. I am happy and proud, that in my mind I found the right timing for my decision and that I could choose it on my own. My ambition was always to finish my career at the peak of my performance level.”

Kroos announced his return to international football with Germany in February ahead of the Euros, having previously retired from international duty in 2021.

“We suspected that some people knew [his decision] but it’s still taken us by surprise,” a source close to the dressing room told ESPN. “The truth is, he’s irreplaceable.”

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