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Xabi Alonso brands de Jong tackle as worst ever

Spain midfielder Xabi Alonso has hit out at Nigel de Jong’s kung-fu style kick during last Sunday’s World Cup final branding it one of the worst tackles he has been on the end of.

Manchester City midfielder de Jong planted his studs firmly into Alonso’s chest during the first half leaving the Real Madrid player needing treatment before he could continue.

De Jong was lucky to receive just a yellow card for what was one of the most outrageous fouls of the tournament. Alonso was still suffering the effects of the tackle in the hours after the game and spoke to reporters about the incident following the final whistle.

‘It was a tight game but that challenge was really hard,’ said the former Liverpool midfielder. ‘It was one of the most painful tackles in my life and it was hard to play on.’

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