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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