While Miroslav Klose is one of Germany’s greatest footballers, the ex-Bayern Munich striker reckons he wasn’t anywhere near as good as Robert Lewandowski.
Much like Lewandowski is now, Klose was a leading talismanic figure during his own playing days that saw him star for Bayern Munich and Werder Bremen. Perhaps, though, he was better renown for his exploits for Germany.
The striker thrived on the big stage, with his record tally of 16 World Cup goals still unbeaten to this day. He also inspired Germany to the 2002 final before finally lifting the famous trophy 12 years later in Brazil.
However, Lewandowski has long since surpassed Klose’s tally of 121 Bundesliga goals and now sits fourth in the all-time list behind Jupp Heynckes, Klaus Fischer and Gerd Muller on 213 goals in just 297 appearances.
“Robert Lewandowski plays a bit like I did, but he’s 10 times better than I ever was,” said Klose on Bild.
“He’s the complete striker, uses both feet, is strong in the air and has a great shot on him.”
While Muller’s record tally of 365 goals may be out of his reach, Lewandowski could still end up second in the Bundesliga scoring charts before he eventually hangs up his boots.
The Pole is just seven goals shy of equaling his old Bayern boss Heynckes, with Schalke 04 legend Fischer a further 48 goals ahead.
Meanwhile, Klose also reflected on another Bavarian forward in Thomas Muller. The pair, in fact, enjoyed a strong partnership on route to leading Bayern to domestic honours and Germany to the World Cup.
“Thomas Müller is the guy I enjoyed playing with the most,” added Klose.
“We had a fantastic understanding. We only had to look at other, and we knew what we were going to do. It really was a great partnership!”
Klose currently works at Bayern as a U-17 coach having retired in 2016.