So another football season has all-but come to an end and with it, a number of legends of the game have called it a day.

The underrated and understated Xabi Alonso was one such player to bring the curtain down on his glittering career that has seen him win an array of trophies, both at club level and on the international stage. 


The Spaniard was given the perfect send off during his final match, as Bundesliga champions Bayern Munich cruised to a final day of the season victory over Freiburg. 

Unlike the shenanigans we saw at Stamford Bridge on Sunday, Alonso's send off on Saturday was as classy as it was touching, as he got a standing ovation from his teammates and everyone inside the Allianz Arena. 

The warm embrace he received from Carlo Ancelotti on the touchline was equally as moving, as a true great of the game bowed out with a few tears in his eyes.

33-year-old Philip Lahm also called it a day and was given his own send off, as he now prepares to be inducted into Bayern's Hall of Fame. 

The versatile defender has his own impressive collection of winner's medals, although much like his career, he was able to stay focused and calm as he was substituted late on. 

Football won't quite be the same without these two greats and we can only hope they stay involved in the game in some capacity, as characters as great as Lahm and Alonso don't come around too often.