Germany Football Legend, Klose retires from football

Pay Maxwell Adeyemi Adeleye

The Germany legend, and all-time leading scorer in World Cup finals, has decided to hang up his boots after a long and successful career

All-time Germany top-scorer Miroslav Klose has opted to hang up his boots after leaving Lazio at the end of the 2015-16 campaign following the expiry of his contract.

Klose had been linked with a move to MLS and former club Kaiserslautern over the past few months, but has opted to retire instead and take up a position with Germany’s national team.

The 38-year-old will be following an individual education and traineeship under national team coach Joachim Low and sporting director Hansi Flick with an eye on a future coaching career, while also joining Low’s backroom staff.

The attacker made 137 appearances for Germany – with only Lothar Matthaus winning more caps – and scored an impressive 71 goals to become his country’s all-time top goalscorer.

He won the World Cup in 2014, having finished as a runner-up in 2002.

Klose is also the all-time top scorer at World Cup finals, with 16 strikes spread over four tournaments.

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