These days the eyes of the sporting world are focused on what’s happening to Roman Abramovich and his beloved Chelsea, but we shouldn’t forget about some of the older aces who played this beautiful game. Yes, kids, these days love to talk about Messi and Ronaldo, but we, older fans, have a place in our hearts for some other aces. One of those who left a mark in the world of football is without a doubt, Lukas Podolski. The Polish-born, German player left a huge mark in both the leagues of Europe, abroad and for the German national team.
As it’s tradition, he left a huge trail in the national team, together with his compatriot Miroslav Klose. The 36-years old sold his trade in Germany, England, Turkey, Italy, Japan, and Poland. In the process he managed to amass 130 caps for the national selection, scoring 39 times in the process. He is one of the most distinguished left-footed players in the last two decades. After bursting onto the scene in his home-grown 1. FC Koln grew a career that is alive even as we write this article. This only shows how much quality those legs of his have.
In this apiece we’re going to talk about his success on the field, a little about his personal life, and some about his finances. As one could guess, with a career as long as his, he managed to amass quite a fortune. For all of you unaware, he started his professional career back in 2003. Can you remember where you were back then? Probably not. Your writer was focused on the exploits of one Alessandro Del Piero and Juventus who managed to lose the Champions League final that year in the hands of AC Milan. But, that’s another story. For now, let’s focus on Lukas.
His Football Career
Like we said, most of his earnings came through playing football, so we need to focus a little bit on his career first before we get to the point. Lukas started his career in 1. FC Koln where he quickly became the club’s best player and a star in the making. He debuted at only 18 years old and managed to score 10 goals during his first 19 matches. This efficiency was unprecedented for a player that was young in the Bundesliga. Podolski quickly became part of the German squad and even got a call up to the Euro 2004. During his stint in the second tier of German football, he managed to score 24 goals for the season and helped the team to climb up back to the first division. While the club quickly fell back to the second division, the now regular German representative saw a transfer to one of the biggest clubs in the world Bayern Munich.
He spent three years with the Bavarian giants with limited success. He was outshined by his competition with the team being more reliant on Miroslav Klose and Luca Toni. While he own trophies in Munich he was keener on playing regularly so he moved back to his boyhood club. In his second stint, he was equally efficient finishing the second stint with 1. FC Koln with 33 goals in 88 appearances after scoring 46 in 81 games during his first three years there. Due to his results, he was approached by Arsenal where he spent the following three years. With the Gunners, Lukas saw limited playing time scoring 19 times in 60 appearances. The next few years saw him playing for Inter Milan on loan before transferring permanently to Turkey and Galatasaray.
After his contract with the Turkey side ended after two years and 20 goals he wanted to explore more lucrative and exotic leagues. Because of this, he joined Vissel Kobe in Japan where he played for three years scoring 15 goals in the process. While he was late in his career the interest from Europe didn’t vaned and he was approached by Antalyaspor in 2020 as sportsbet.io reported back in the day. The Turkish side had him for a season and he contributed with 6 goals in 40 appearances.
Today, Lukas is bidding his trade in his homeland of Poland. He is currently contracted by Gornik Zabrze, and during the current season, he scored four times in 15 appearances. Podolski is one of the biggest names currently playing in Poland, and the former German international remains satisfied with his life and career.
The one bright spot that was with him during his entire career was his connection with the national team. Lukas played for Die Mannschaft from 2004 to 2016. He appeared in four EUROs and three World Cups. He was named as the best young player in 2006 at the WC before Messi and Ronaldo. The shining moment of his career came in 2014 when Germany won the World Cup.
Personal Life and Net Worth
Lukas Podolski is a married man. Last year was a decade of his commitment to Monika Puchalski. The pair got married in April of 2011 after a long relationship. While his professional life was tied to Germany, he is Polish in his heart. Because of this, the pair got married at a ceremony held at Kamionna, Węgrów County. The Podolski couple has two kids, a son and a daughter named Louis Gabriel and Maya. They led quite a luxurious life as Lukas had quite a long career that spanned almost two decades.
During this time he was contracted by Bayern Munich and Arsenal among other teams. These teams are known as rich ones, and Lukas had a big salary while playing for them. When we count in all the endorsements a German representative like himself had during his career and still has you can conclude that he’s quite a rich person. At the moment Lukas Podolski has a net worth close to $60 million. This is not hard to imagine when you know that his yearly salary at Bayern Munich and Arsenal was measured in millions. If you had any doubt that he’s not a rich man, now you know better.