CaughtOffside’s Top 50 Footballers In The World: # 34 – Philipp Lahm (Bayern Munich & Germany)

Bayern Munich and Germany full-back Philipp Lahm.

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Another fine player in this all-conquering Bayern Munich team is their long-serving right-back and captain Philipp Lahm. The 29-year-old has been one of the club’s key performers for many years now, since becoming a regular in 2005.

The German international is certainly one of, if not the best attacking full-back in the game, and has shown tremendous ability as either a right-back or left-back throughout his great career. Although obviously a very capable defender, he is best known for his skill and pace getting forward, and is very two-footed, scoring some cracking goals from a variety of angles for both Bayern and the national team.

This season he has flourished in Bayern’s treble-winning team, providing a remarkable 11 assists, the second highest in the Bundesliga, which is staggering from a defender in a league with so many talented attacking players. Although it is hard to point to individuals in such a well-oiled machine such as Bayern, Lahm’s forward runs have been a crucial part of their success, and he is an excellent captain for this breathtaking team.

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Lahm will surely go down as an all-time great in the glorious history of the club, with five league titles, the Champions League trophy, and many more cups and numerous individual honours such as appearances in FIFA and UEFA teams of the season.

Although he has not yet won silverware for the German national team, he has excelled as one of their best players as well with his performances in the 2006 and 2010 World Cups, where Germany finished third both times, and as a runner-up in Euro 2008. He was also in the team of the tournament for the European Championships in 2008 and 2012. In all, he has 98 caps for the national side and five goals. He is also the captain of his country as well as his club.

Lahm is truly an enjoyable player to watch, and will go down as one of the finest full-backs of his generation. At the moment he is a vital part of a hugely successful team and that will surely only continue, confirming him as one of the best players in the world at the moment.

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