July 13, 2014; Rio de Janeiro, BRAZIL; Germany forward Miroslav Klose (11) chase the ball in front of Argentina goalkeeper Sergio Romero (1) in the championship match of the 2014 World Cup at Maracana Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Tim Groothuis/Witters Sport via USA TODAY Sports

Miroslav Klose to retire from German national team

German striker Miroslav Klose, the all time leading scorer in the World Cup, is retiring from international competition. At 36 years old, Klose decided that retiring after Germany won the trophy was the right thing to do.

Klose will still play with his club team Lazio in Serie A. “For me, there can be no better time to close the international chapter,” Klose told ESPN. His total tally of 71 goals for Germany in all international appearances is number one in the country’s history. Check out a video of every World Cup goal he’s scored since his debut:

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Klose was apart of both German teams that finished third place in both 2006 and 2010. In 2006 he scored five goals, securing him the Golden Boot. He nearly matched that performance in 2010, scoring four goals. In 2014, the Germans finally won after getting so close year after year.

Klose is known for being a very humble and honest player. In a match with Lazio, Klose scored a goal with his hand by accident that went unnoticed by the officials. He immediately told the ref and had the goal discounted to keep the match fair. You have to admire an athlete who plays for more than just goals, but the integrity of the game.

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