Carlo Ancelotti: “Toni’s decision to leave is that of a true great, reflecting his character. We are bidding farewell to a phenomenal player who has been a joy to have at our club. He’s an exceptional midfielder with immense skill and a wonderful character, always putting the team first. We’ve been fortunate to have him for a decade. While another Champions League win would be a fitting end, his career doesn’t need it to be legendary. He’s made his mark in both Real Madrid and global football history.”

Eduardo Camavinga: “Toni doesn’t speak often, but when he does, it’s impactful. I really admire that about him.”

Vinícius Júnior: “I’d trade winning this final and the Copa América if it meant Toni could win the Ballon d’Or. It’s his last year, and it’s sad we won’t see him play again. We respect his decision, though it’s hard for all of us. We’re dedicating this final to him because it’s his last game. He’s a fantastic person, even more than he is a player. He’s been crucial for the club and for all the young players here. Watching him daily was special. Toni always maintains control in the game, especially under pressure. He deserves the wonderful send-off he got at the Bernabéu, and now we need to win this for him.”

Jude Bellingham: “Replacing Kroos directly isn’t possible; it’s about understanding what he brings and finding ways to fill that gap as a team. His role is unique, and there’s no one like Toni in world football.”

Dani Carvajal: “I’d rate him 10 out of 10. No player would ever speak ill of Toni. His level of performance has been consistently high. In the dressing room, he’s a fantastic person with a great family, and he deserves all the good things that come his way.”

**Joselu:** “He treated me like a brother, welcoming me warmly and supporting me this year. The little German I speak helped us communicate. As a player, everyone knows his talent. He deserved to win two or three Ballons d’Or. There’s no one like him in his position.”

**Fede Valverde:** “I was surprised by his decision. I thought he’d play for many more years, but retiring at his peak shows his greatness. Playing with him was a dream come true, and off the pitch, he’s even better. I’d love to wear the No. 8 jersey, and it’s emotional knowing he wants me to wear it. His private conversation with me about it shows his great character.”

**Luka Modric:** “I’d award the Ballon d’Or to a Madrid player – Vinícius, Bellingham, or Kroos. Given our close relationship, I’d choose Toni. It’s always sad when a player like Toni leaves. We’ve played together for ten years, and he’s one of my favorite teammates. It’s his decision, and he’s at peace with it. It’s a pity we won’t see more of his football, but we must respect his choice.”

**Antonio Rüdiger:** “I initially met him through the national team, but we became closer here. I had a different perception of him before, but now I see the real Toni Kroos – a great guy who deeply loves his family and is someone I respect a lot. He’s an example to follow in terms of family values. As a footballer, his legendary status in Germany and Real Madrid speaks for itself.”

Camavinga spoke with El País, Valverde with Marca, and Modric with Cadena Cope.