Miroslav Klose announces his retirement from professional football

The 38-year-old has called time on an illustrious career spent at the very top of the beautiful game.

Miroslav Klose announces his retirement from professional football
Klose's goal against Brazil in 2014 made him the World Cup's record goalscorer. (Photo: Getty Images)

Germany's all-time record goalscorer Miroslav Klose has announced that he has made the decision to retire from professional football at the age of 38.

The veteran striker will now join up with Joachim Low's coaching staff as part of the German national team after he received an invitation from the manager.

Low looking forward to Klose's new role

Low said that he and his staff are "looking forward to [Miroslav]", and that he has no doubt in his mind that both coaches and players in the national side will "benefit very much from his presence and involvement."

Despite being born in Poland, Klose is best known to football fans around the world as a clinical finisher for the German national time. The striker is currently both the all-time top scorer at World Cup competitions with 16 goals, and is also Germany's all-time record goalscorer with 71 goals.

Klose played for Kaiserslautern, Werder Bremen, Bayern Munich and most recently Lazio before he was released by the Italian club at the end of the 2015/16 season.

The 38-year-old striker will bring invaluable experience to the coaching side of the national team. (Photo: Getty Images)
The 38-year-old striker will bring invaluable experience to the coaching side of the national team. (Photo: Getty Images)

Legendary striker goes down in German footballing history

It wasn't just on the international stage where the goal poacher won silverware, Klose won two Bundesliga titles alongside two DFB Pokal wins in the same seasons for Bayern Munich in 2007/08 and 2009/10.

He also won the DFB Supercup for the Bavarians in 2010, and in 2012/13 he helped Lazio to win the Coppa Italia for the sixth time in the club's history.

The highlight of his glittering career may well be Germany's World Cup win in 2014, where he scored his record breaking 16th finals goal in his side's infamous 7-1 drubbing of hosts Brazil in the semi-final before they went on to beat Argentina to lift the famous trophy

Klose retired from international football after the tournament had come to an end, leaving him ahead of Gerd Muller in Germany's all-time top scorers table with 71 goals in 137 appearances for his country.