Birthday special: Fun facts and trivia on German footballer Miroslav Klose

Germany's veteran striker Miroslave Klose celebrates his birthday today. We give you some fun facts about the former footballer that you may not know of.

>> Miroslav Klose was born in Poland.

Miroslav Klose

>> He has not had a Polish passport since he was 18-years-old.

>> His mother played handball for the Polish national team and father played professional soccer for AJ Auxerre.

>> Klose is the all-time leading goalscorer in the FIFA World Cup with 16 goals.

>> Klose is married to Sylwia and they have twin sons, Luan and Noah.

Klose with his wife
Klose with his wife

>> He refused to play for the Polish national football team as he wanted to wait for his opportunity at Germany.

>> Klose is the only footballer to earn 4 or more FIFA World Cup medal consecutively.

>> He shares a record with Teofilo Cubillas and Thomas Muller to score at least 5 goals in 2 FIFA World Cups.

>> He has scored the most goals in the form of headers in a single FIFA World Cup.

>> He is famously known for his unique style of celebrating goals - which is usually a somersault in mid-air. He earned the nicname 'Salto-Klose' - salto meaning sault.

>> He is one of only eight players in the history of Serie A to score five goals in a match.

>> He loves listening to music and his favourite genre is rap and hip-hop.

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