Arbie Calls Time On His Career

26 Jun

Saturday saw another former Blanco hanging up his boots. Alvaro Arbeloa called time on his 15 year career. 

This wasn’t exactly unexpected but it feels like a whole generation of players are start to wind down and it’s starting to get to me. I still can’t talk about Xabi in that context without getting weepy. But today, it’s about his good friend, Alvaro, who is retiring at 34.

He played in 238 matches for us, scoring 6 goals and won 2 Champions Leagues, 1 Club World Cup, 1 European Super Cup, 1 LaLiga title, 2 Copa del Rey trophies and 1 Spanish Super Cup.

Arbie started in our academy with Juvenil in the 2001-2002 season working his way up and making his debut for the first team in 2004 (while captain of Castilla).

2006-2009 saw him off to Deportivo and Liverpool before finally returning to Los Blancos, where he remained until 2016. He then signed a one year contract at West Ham but he only featured in 4 matches.

He was capped for Spain 56 times, and was part of the squads that won the 2008 and 2012 Euros and 2010 World Cup.

He is also remembered fondly here at HB & HB for his legendary bromances – The AAs, The AAAs, Arbetti, Pirataloa and Arbeloita just to name a few.

Some of his boos paid tribute online:

Xabi wrote a wonderful open letter to Arbie in Marca.


Xabi Alonso’s goodbye letter to Arbeloa: Always in my team

For me, speaking about Alvaro Arbeloa isn’t just a case of speaking about a teammate, but one of speaking about life and a friend, one with capital letters and a lifelong one. Now that he is saying goodbye to football it’s inevitable that I think back to the start, when we met each other at Anfield.

He arrived at Liverpool quietly, away from the noise of the spotlight. He won over the dressing room with his fighting spirit and his loyalty, demonstrating that from the first day in our own place and away from home too.

We all remember the match at the Camp Nou in the 2006/07 Champions League last 16. That day he became one of those players who all coaches wish to have. From our year in Liverpool to our time at Real Madrid, we were inseparable because he offers you unconditional friendship. He was never bothered by what others said and he has always been loyal to his convictions. He has never hesitated to defend what he believes in and those who he believes in, which is why I admire him so much.

He is now beginning a new chapter in his life, but with his mind and with his ‘madridismo’ on his skin, I have no doubts that he couldn’t be at a better place. That badge and this No.17 are bound to reunite sooner or later. Given all of this, I will always want you in my team, both professionally and in life as a non-negotiable starter. The best is yet to come, Trufas.

Rough translation of Pirata’s caption:

Good luck, captain.

I will always boast of having shared trenches with you. I am proud to be your friend. Your career as a footballer is a real lesson for anyone who wants to achieve something in any field. A life lesson written with the sweat of day to day and with your intelligence and generosity. You dreamed of superheroes until you became one. Congratulations and THANK YOU.

What you leave behind is nothing but the sustenance of what awaits you.
# 17

Morata took a break from honeymooning to post something.

It was a pride to play and win by your side! May you be very happy in your new life! A big kiss “Rocky”

As did Lucas!

It was a pleasure @ 17arbeloa Commitment, loyalty and most importantly: MADRIDISMO. I wish you the best Spartan.

There were many more posts from former teammates – these were just a few.

Marta posted a great picture of their whole friend group: Raul & Alicia, Marta & Calleti, Carlota & Alvaro, Xabi & Nagore…

View this post on Instagram

Que no nos falten nunca estos momentos…. ❤️

A post shared by Marta Ponsati (@martaponsatiromero) on

May we never miss these moments …

And wife Carlota (They have been together since they were 17) shared this:

I will not deny that today is a sad day for me, because it hurts to leave something that has given you so many joys and such good times. But they say if you’re brave enough to say “goodbye” to something, life will reward you with a new “hello.” You have won everything, you take the affection of your clubs, colleagues and hobby, and what is more important: the admiration and pride of your family. We love you daddy.

So another player moves on to a new phase of his life… I know a lot of folks have issues with Arbeloa, but I choose to remember the good times when everyone got along and there was less drama. Ah, those were the days.

Thanks Arbie and best of luck to you on your next adventure.

– Lozil

One Response to “Arbie Calls Time On His Career”

  1. M June 27, 2017 at 6:25 am #

    He was ours when he started and he retired as a Real Madrid player. Not many players have the talent and luck for that. Good for Arbie. I have many good memories of him and wish him all the very best!

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