XABI ALONSO has revealed the three regrets in his career as he approaches his last match before retiring.
The Bayern Munich midfielder prepares to face Freiburg in the Bundesliga on Saturday in what will mark the end of a glittering career.
Wining trophies in England, Spain and Germany, the 35-year-old still feels disappointed at missed opportunities when playing for Real Sociedad, Liverpool and his current side.
Speaking of regrets, he told the Times: “Maybe I have three (regrets). With Real Sociedad, my club, we were one game from winning La Liga (in 2002-03).
“With Liverpool we were so close to the Premier League.
“With Bayern, so close to the Champions League.
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“But maybe that would be too much to ask, too perfect. If you can call them regrets… but that’s just football.
“When I look back, I can be happy that I’ve done what I wanted, dictated my path.”
When playing for the Reds, they finished as runners-up to Manchester United in the 2009/10 season, as they finished four points behind the Red Devils.
A 114-capped Spanish international, Alonso has lifted one World Cup and two European Championships, as well as one La Liga title, three Bundesliga crowns, one FA Cup and two Champions League titles.
He will go down as one of the finest central midfielders of his generation, where he is a firm fan favourite at every club he has played for.