Xabi Alonso says winning the World Cup with Spain would top his Champions League triumph wit Liverpool in Istanbul.
Real Madrid midfielder Alonso was at the heart of a comeback that saw the Merseysiders recover from three goals down at half-time to level at 3-3 before going on to win after a dramatic penalty shoot-out.
Alonso said: “Winning the World Cup would be even better than winning the Champions League in what will probably always be the greatest final ever. I never thought I would get the chance to do something even more special that what Liverpool achieved in 2005. The drama of Istanbul on the pitch was like the most unbelievable dream. On the pitch we somehow came back from the dead to beat a team with incredible talent. Off the pitch, there were the Liverpool fans refusing to give up even though we were three goals down. There was my goal, fantastic saves from Jerzy Dudek. If you didn’t see it with your own eyes you wouldn’t believe it. But winning the World Cup – that is an achievement that so few players can make. Some of the best players the game has known never got a chance like this, when you can spell your name in history.”