Arsenal star Per Mertesacker collected the prestigious ‘Goldene Henne’ German sports award last night on behalf of the national team for their superb efforts at the World Cup.
The 6ft 6inch giant won 104 caps for his country during his illustrious international career and crowned it all off by contributing to Germany’s World Cup glory in Brazil in the summer.
On behalf of his former international teammates, Mertesacker was invited to the annual ceremony in Leipzig to collect the Goldene Henne sports tribute awarded to the national team who excelled during 2014.
He wrote on social networking site Twitter of the occasion:
“I was in Leipzig/Germany last night to receive the “Goldene Henne” for our national team. Cool to have a weekend off. Even cooler that actress Stephanie Stumph gave me some insights into the show business. It was fun.”
The award is given to the sportsperson of the year in Germany, and previous winners include tennis star Sabine Lisicki, former Germany national team coach Rudi Voller and former super middleweight boxing champion Sven Ottke.
Whilst Mertesacker was collecting the well-deserved award, his fellow Arsenal teammates and former German colleagues were involved in a key Euro 2016 qualifying match in Poland.
Poland shot-stopper Wojciech Szczesny was in fine form as the underdogs stunned the World champions 2-0 to record their first ever win over their rivals.