FIFA 16 predictions: Xabi Alonso

Xabi Alonso – Bayern Munich & Spain

FIFA 15 Rating – 84
Predicted FIFA 16 Rating – 83Xabi

Alonso made the move from Real Madrid to the Bundesliga giants in the summer of 2014 and has had an impressive start to his career at the Allianz Arena. Being utilised in a defensive role in the Bayern midfield, Alonso has protected the back four allowing the more attacking minded midfield players such as Mario Gotze and Gianluca Gaudino to focus on the attacking third of the pitch. The experienced Alonso has also chipped in with two goals and three assists as Bayern won a record 25th Bundesliga title and reached the semi finals of the Champions League. As would be expected playing in a defensive midfield role, Alonso has been prone to falling foul of referees’s this season, collecting nine yellows and one red card in his 23 league games and 10 Champions League games.

Having amassed 114 caps for Spain, Alonso announced his retirement from international football after last years World Cup, allowing him to now focus fully on his club football for the rest of his career. His performances this season have shown that he is still very much at the top of his game and one of the best defensive midfielders in world football. Alonso will turn 34 this year, but despite his years he can be relied on to perform to a high level.

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