Thousands upon thousands of professional athletes dream about retiring on top, and closing out their careers as champions forever. In a sport like football, basketball, or baseball, each year your team has the opportunity to bring home the most coveted trophy in your respective sport, but in soccer, the most coveted piece of hardware comes around only once every four years.
That is what makes Philipp Lahm’s retirement so special.
The captain of the German national team that aided his squad in ultimately winning the World Cup in Brazil this past month has decided to hang up his international cleats after 113 appearances and end that portion of his career on the highest note possible.
Lahm will continue to play for his club team, Bayern Munich, but his days on the Germany national team are officially over. FIFA broke the news earlier today:
“This was a decision which had matured during last season,” Lahm told Sport Bild magazine after winning his ninth trophy in just two years.
Lahm is simply a winner, and has proven so time and time again. Besides his recent World Cup victory, Lahm helped Bayern Munich win the Bundesliga twice, the UEFA Champions League, as well as other notable tournaments.
While Lahm may not have had the most flashy numbers during the World Cup, his impact on the field can not be undermined. Lahm was an integral part of Germany’s defense and midfield attack throughout the World Cup. Without him, the team simply would not have been the same.