Jamie Carragher pays tribute to Xabi Alonso, reveals favourite moment

Gary Lineker also waded in to praise the inimitable former Liverpool midfielder.

Jamie Carragher has paid tribute to former Liverpool midfielder Xabio Alonso, who today announced his retirement from international football.

The Spaniard was a loyal Anfield servant before being sold to Real Madrid, with Alonso now having won the Champions League with both sides.

At international level, meanwhile, the 32-year-old is a world and double European champion.

Carragher has thus praised the 'pass master,' dubbing him a 'legend' and revealing his favourite Alonso moment: his goal for the Reds against AC Milan in the 2005 Champions League final.

Gary Lineker also couldn't help but lavish further praise on the Spaniard, who he describes as one of the 'very best' midfielders of his time.

With only a few days left of the transfer window, Alonso is now expected to focus all of his time on playing for Real Madrid, although Bayern Munich have been linked with a shock move for the former Liverpool midfielder.

As for Spain, there will no doubt be future talents that come through their brilliant youth system - but none quite like Alonso.

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