German striker Stefan Kiessling has become somewhat of a legend at Bayer Leverkusen over the last few years.
The 34-year-old signed for Leverkusen way back in 2006 and has spent his entire career since with the club.
He really has been a fine servant at the BayArena too, netting a massive 151 goals in all competitions during his 12 year-long spell.
While his role at the club has diminished somewhat in recent years, there can be no denying how valuable his contribution has been since his arrival from FC Nurnburg all those years ago.
Sadly, his international career never quite took off, despite playing a part in Germany finishing third at the 2010 World Cup in South Africa.
Fortunately, he’s had quite a time of it at club level and has carved out a more than respectable career in the Bundesliga.
Now, however, the potent frontman has made quite a funny admission after confirming that he used to get his ‘very athletic’ wife to take fitness tests on his behalf.
According to quotes in Bild, Kiessling admitted that he never did 100 per cent of the fitness exercises during pre-season periods, and would often get his wife to wear his tracking wristband in an attempt to pass rigorous tests.
“I never did 100 per cent of the exercises in the preparation periods, not once.
“You get a heart rate monitor on which all runs are saved.
“As my wife is very athletic, she did some racing with the wristband according to my specs. She did it so well that nobody noticed.”
Imagine what Kiessling might have been capable of had he taken his fitness seriously throughout his career.
Even after he cheated on fitness testing, goals were quite easy to come by.
Perhaps this explains why he could never quite make the step up to the national fold, though.
While it makes for funny reading, it can hardly be considered ‘professional’.
On the other hand, Kiessling’s wife might just be fielding a few offers from various clubs in the coming days.