Germany captain Philipp Lahm has retired from international football at the age 30 - less than a week after winning the World Cup in Brazil.
Lahm won 113 caps for Germany, scoring 5 goals. After being capped at every junior international level (from under 17s to under 21s) Lahm made his international debut in 2004 after impressive form during a two year loan spell with Bundesliga club Stuttgart.
Lahm quickly acclimatised to life on the international stage and was a permanent fixture ever since. His first international tournament was Euro 2004. In World Cup 2006, Lahm scored a cracker against Costa Rica, helping Germany to a semi-final place. His contributions were noted as he was voted into the FIFA World Cup All Star Team.
Likewise, as Germany became perennial bridesmaids in European and World tournaments, Lahm was the driving force behind it. In Euro 2008, World Cup 2010 and Euro 2012, Lahm was voted into the team of the tournament for each of the aforementioned.
With a World Cup victory under his belt at long last, Lahm can now retire a legend for Germany and has nothing left to prove.