Xabi Alonso to play last game of his career today

Lahm announced in February that he would be retiring at the end of the season after spending his whole career - bar a loan spell with Stuttgart - at Bayern.

Bayern Munich won their fifth consecutive title in Bundesliga and their 27th in history.

Lahm captained Germany from right-back when his team scored four goals in six devastating first-half minutes in their 7-1 thrashing of hosts Brazil in the semi-finals of the 2014 World Cup. Having experienced German football's nadir at first hand in Portugal in 2004, it was fitting that Lahm should hoist the World Cup aloft in the Maracana ten years later - the culmination of a German football revolution which Philipp Lahm has personified.

And then went Lahm, an all-time club legend and a cultural icon in both Bavaria and beyond.

As well as the iconic left-back, Xabi Alonso also played his final game, departing the field in a teary substitution.

"A highly intelligent man and one of the most uncomplicated players I've ever witnessed", was Bayern chairman Karl-Heinz Rummenigge's assessment of Alonso.

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"He deserves this accolade, which puts him up there with the greats of Bayern".

The following season saw him lift the FA Cup and his precise passing, powerful shooting and all-round reading of the game earned him a move to Real Madrid.

Between them, Lahm, 33, and Alonso, 35, won every major trophy and were key figures in two of the 21st century's most incredible matches. Considering his national team, Alonso has two European champions in 2008 and 2012 and the World Cup in 2010 which took place in South Africa.

"Mixed feelings. When you're celebrating for the last time with the guys there", he said after the match, before being interrupted by a shower of beer from assistant coach Hermann Gerland and team-mate David Alaba.

Xabi Alonso Finished the career and he started...

After 16 seasons with the Bavarian giants, Philipp Lahm has hung up his boots, departing the game as one of the very best players of the modern era.

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