Klose Announces Retirement

Germany’s Miroslav Klose has announced his retirement just a few months after winning the World Cup 2014. The 36-year-old striker became the highest scorer in World Cup finals after scoring two goals in the five matches. He overtook Brazilian forward Ronaldo, who had 15 goals. Klose now has 16 and a World Cup title to go along with it. The former Bayern Munich forward says that it has been a lifetime ambition for him to win the World Cup. After having realised the same last summer, Klose has now announced his retirement from international football.
Despite having an average club career in terms of goal scoring, Klose has been a revelation at international level. It was only a few months ago that he broke German legend Gerd Muller’s record of 68 goals for the national team. This record had stood for more than four decades until it was broken by Klose. Currently playing for Lazio, Klose scored 71 goals for the national team in 137 appearances. Since making his debut in 2001, Klose has been one of the top scorers in the previous two World Cup. This enabled him to go within touching distance of Ronaldo prior to the start of the World Cup 2014.
The record-breaking goal came in the 7-1 thrashing of Brazil in the semi-final. "Winning the World Cup was a dream come true. I've had a great time with the national team and enjoyed some amazing moments. There's no better way for me to end my time with the German team than by winning the World Cup. The team's success always came first for me. We have reached the objective that we set [by winning the World Cup]. I have also achieved some personal goals. I am a striker and my job is to score goals,” said Klose.