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Philipp Lahm, Xabi Alonso play final UEFA Champions League match

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The legends bow out after a bitter, controversial defeat.

MADRID, SPAIN - APRIL 18: Philipp Lahm of Bayern Muenchen and Xabi Alonso of Bayern Muenchen embrace after the UEFA Champions League Quarter Final second leg match between Real Madrid CF and FC Bayern Muenchen at Estadio Santiago Bernabeu on April 18, 2017 in Madrid, Spain. (Photo by Matthias Hangst/Bongarts/Getty Images)
MADRID, SPAIN - APRIL 18: Philipp Lahm of Bayern Muenchen and Xabi Alonso of Bayern Muenchen embrace after the UEFA Champions League Quarter Final second leg match between Real Madrid CF and FC Bayern Muenchen at Estadio Santiago Bernabeu on April 18, 2017 in Madrid, Spain. (Photo by Matthias Hangst/Bongarts/Getty Images)
(Photo by Matthias Hangst/Bongarts/Getty Images)

Tuesday didn’t go as planned for anyone associated with Bayern Munich, but especially two guys in particular. When the final whistle blew at the Estadio Santiago Bernabéu, it not only ended Bayern’s Champions League run, but it also signaled the end of the historic European careers of two legends Philipp Lahm and Xabi Alonso.

The records of these two men are impeccable. Lahm won one Champions League trophy, while appearing in 112 matches and notching 16 assists. Alonso won the competition twice, making 119 appearances and bagging 6 goals and 6 assists.

Nobody would argue that Lahm and Alonso were at the peak of their 15 and 18 year careers during this campaign, but on a big European night, the impact their presence made on the field was palpable. These are legends of the game. There are few like them.

After the final whistle, the two men shared a hug. Their dreams of another Champions League title were gone.

With the Bundesliga and DFB Pokal coming to an end over the next month and a half you have at most seven matches left to witness greatness. Cherish those moments.