Miroslav Klose, who has scored more number of World Cup goals than anyone else in the game, has brought down curtains on his international career. He made the announcement of his exit yesterday.
The veteran striker has left the international arena on a high. He became a World Champion for the first time a few weeks ago and he thought there can’t be a better time for him to get his boots hung up.
Klose struck as many as 16 times in the 4 World Cups that he featured in.
He, with 71 strikes, also holds the record of being the leading scorer for his country at the international level
The statement that he released for the press read, “It’s the ultimate high that you can reach as an international footballer, winning the World Cup. I am glad that I am lucky enough to achieve something like this.”
“The satisfactory thing is that my personal performance has been pretty good as well playing for Germany over the years. Being an ambitious player, I always wanted to be amongst the goals. It’s doesn’t mean I was worried about the records. It’s just that I wanted to contribute heavily for the team.”
Before Klose, there were only two players in the history of the game who had taken part in 4 World Cups and had scored in each and every one of them. Klose has become third member of that elite club now.
Klose performed the best in his first two World Cups i.e. in 2002 and 2006. His last one in Brazil was not that fruitful for him personally as he could score only a couple of goals, but, it was the most memorable one for him as he managed to get to glory.
Klose is still an active club footballer playing for Lazio in Serie A.