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Real Madrid legend Toni Kroos announces his next role after retirement

Real Madrid legend Toni Kroos announces his next role after retirement

Kroos will retire from professional football at the end of Euro 2024.

Real Madrid and Germany legend Toni Kroos has announced his next role after his retirement from professional football.

Kroos will bow out of the professional game following the conclusion of Euro 2024 with Germany.

His final match at club level saw him win the Champions League for the sixth time with Real Madrid, as they defeated Borussia Dortmund 2-0 in the final at Wembley.

The 34-year-old's initial decision to retire took fans by surprise, although the midfielder did state that he wanted to 'finish my career at the peak of my performance level'.

Now, Kroos has announced a new role, which he will take up after retiring from football.

He will continue working in connection with Real Madrid's youth academy.

He told German outlet Kicker: "I will continue to expand the Toni Kroos Academy for young footballers in Madrid.

"The Icon League, which I founded with Elias Nerlich, will also start in September.

"But it is also clear that I will not choose 18 projects and end up being on the road as much as I was as an active player."

Expanding again on his reasoning behind retiring at the age of 34, he added: "Because I simply want to be remembered as the 34-year-old Toni Kroos who played his best season for Real at the end.

Toni Kroos celebrates with team-mates Luka Modric, Nacho Fernandez and Dani Carvajal during Real Madrid's 2024 Champions League trophy parade (

"I've achieved that. I take it as a compliment that many people think the timing is too early."

Kroos will hope for the perfect ending to his career in front of his own fans, with Germany hosting Euro 2024.

Julian Nagelsmann named his final 26-man squad for the tournament earlier today, with Real team-mate Antonio Rudiger joining Kroos as part of the largely experienced contingent.

Germany will officially open Euro 2024 on June 14 when they take on Scotland in Group A at the Allianz Arena in Munich.

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Topics: Toni Kroos, Real Madrid, Football, Euro 2024, Germany