Miroslav Klose is one of the most prolific strikers of his generation, scoring goals wherever he’s been in Germany and he’s now banging them in for Lazio at a rate of around one goal every two games.
Klose’s consistency is something which has always been impressive and he has now revealed that he once turned down the chance to move to Barcelona and the Premier League in 2007, opting to stay in Germany with Bayern Munich.
Oddly, it was arguably the worst spell of his career as he only scored 24 goals in 98 league matches which is far worse than the 53 goals in 89 at his previous club Werder Bremen.
“The possibility of joining Barca is now far away, but I came very close in 2007 - Certainly it would have been great, because football is played there as I like it. But as I said, that is in the past,” he told Mundo Deportivo.
So was it the right decision to stay in Germany over going to Spain or England?
Well he effectively stopped himself from joining one of the best teams of all time, around the time where several of the current key Barcelona players were just starting to develop and grow used to the pressure.
He’s also talked previously of his admiration for the passion in the English game which caused several clubs to scout him but nothing ever came of the rumours linking him to the likes of Manchester United and Chelsea.
He’s a hard nosed German, through and through so his decision to stay in the country has earned him the admiration and respect of fans all over the country and it certainly helped him to maintain his national career.
His free transfer to Lazio in the summer of 2011 is also something which he must be praised for because he went to a Serie A giant where he was guaranteed first team games when he could have taken a higher wage deal at several lower profile clubs.
Was it the right choice to turn down Barca and the Premier League?