Miroslav Klose announced that he has retired from international football on Monday, after winning the World Cup over the summer.
The 36-year-old is the all-time leading scorer in Germany ahead of Gerd Müller, with 71 goals to his name. His retirement comes a few weeks after captain Philipp Lahm announced his retirement. He will still play for Lazio until the end of the season.
Klose played 137 matches for Germany, and earned his first cap coming off the bench against Albania. He played in seven major tournaments, starting with the 2002 FIFA World Cup. It was at that World Cup, where he rose to prominence after finishing the event with five headed goals and was the joint second highest goalscorer at the tournament.
He has set many records in the World Cup. He is the first player to play in four semi-finals and the third player to score in four World Cups.
The striker has been in form for his club and scored 8 goals in 25 Serie A appearances. He looks to have another successful season and help his club qualify for the Champions League.
This will be his last season playing football, as he has stated that he will retire from Lazio after this season. He could eventually become a manager, just like Clarence Seedorf and Pippo Inzaghi did for Milan.
Regardless of what he does next, his remarkable career in football both at the club and international level will never be forgotten. He has definitely earned the right to be called one of the greatest players not only of this generation, but of all time.
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