Lahm and Alonso prepare for final game before retiring

Philipp Lahm and Xabi Alonso have two World
Cup and three Champions League triumphs
between them
Philipp Lahm will be remembered as one of the
all-time Bayern Munich greats, says chairman
Karl-Heinz Rummenigge.

Germany’s 2014 World Cup-winning captain,
33, makes his 517th and final appearance for
the champions against Freiburg on Saturday
(14:30 BST).

“He has been a truly important person for the
club,” said Rummenigge.

Lahm announced in February he was retiring
at the end of the season, while Xabi Alonso,
35, is also finishing his career after the game.
Former Liverpool midfielder Alonso’s career
includes two Champions League triumphs,
four domestic titles, including three with
Bayern, as well as the 2010 World Cup and
the 2008 and 2012 European Championships
with Spain.

“Alonso is one of our best signings of recent
years, a real lucky find, a gifted tactician, a
highly intelligent man and one of the most
uncomplicated players I’ve ever witnessed,”
added Rummenigge.
Lahm, who has spent his whole career – bar a
loan spell with Stuttgart – at Bayern as a
defender and midfielder, has just won his
eighth Bundesliga title with the club.

Rummenigge added: “Philipp Lahm is one of
the most deserving players in the recent
history of Bayern.

“Both on the pitch and off it, in his role as
captain, he has been a truly important person
for the club.”

Bayern are 13 points clear at the top of the
table going into the final weekend of the
season.

Lahm will be inducted into the club’s Hall of
Fame after the game, the first player since
Oliver Kahn in 2008 to be added.
“He deserves this accolade, which puts him up
there with the greats of FC Bayern,” said
Rummenigge.

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