It’s only been a few months but we already miss Philipp Lahm.
The Bayern Munich and Germany legend hung up his boots at the end of last season, bowing out as one of the game’s ultimate professionals.
The Bundesliga champions paid suitable tribute to their legendary right-back and fellow retiree Xabi Alonso after the last game of the season.
Now the German national team have bestowed the ultimate honour upon Lahm’s humble shoulders.
The 2014 World Cup winning skipper is set to be named as a lifelong honorary captain of Germany.
The honour has been awarded to five other former captains — Fritz Walter, Uwe Seeler, Franz Beckenbauer, Jurgen Klinsmann and Lothar Matthaus.
Reinhard Grindel, President of the DFB, announced: “We would like to suggest the delegate Philipp Lahm, because he is a footballer and as a person of the greats, who always had a clear opinion and has also represented.
“Philipp Lahm is an outstanding sportsman, an outstanding team player and also a socially committed person, his intended appointment as honorary captain should not least honour his great achievements as captain of our 2014 World Cup.”
Walter, Beckenbauer and Matthaus all led West Germany to World Cup glory while Lahm was the first captain of unified Germany to lift the trophy.
A fitting tribute to a truly wonderful player.
Danke schon, captain.