BERLIN (AFP) — On the first floor of his villa, 30 kilometres from Munich, Germany and Bayern Munich striker Lukas Podolski has set up an office where his most treasured sports memorabilia are kept.
The 22-year-old – voted the best young player at the 2006 World Cup – has already scored 24 goals for his country in 45 appearances and is set to be one of the stars of this summer’s Euro 2008.
His office contains two glass display cabinets filled with items like the boots in which he scored three goals for Germany when his side finished third at the 2006 World Cup.
But his most treasured possession is a pair of red boots which stand out from the other keep-sakes, the signature betrays the previous owner – Podolski’s hero, seven-times Formula One world champion Michael Schumacher.
“‘Schumi’ gave me those as a present during his last season. Together with his driver’s jacket,” Podolski proudly told German magazine Sports-Bild.
In exchange, Schumacher received a signed Germany shirt from Podolski and the pair have built up a friendship based on their mutual passion for football and Formula One.
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