Lotito: Klose is a champion and will finish career at Lazio

The Lazio president praised the Germany striker for his record-equalling goal against Ghana at the World Cup and hopes the 36-year-old will stay on at the club

Lazio president Claudio Lotito has called Miroslav Klose a 'champion' after he became the joint-record goalscorer at World Cups with his strike for Germany against Ghana on Saturday - and says he hopes the veteran will finish his career in Rome.

The 36-year-old came on as a second-half substitute in the match in Fortaleza and scored with his first touch after prodding home Benedikt Howedes’ flick-on from a corner in the 71st minute.

Klose’s goal not only rescued a point for Joachim Low’s side but also allowed the Lazio striker to join Brazilian icon, Ronaldo, as the joint top scorer of all time in the competition with 15 goals - and also go past Gerd Muller as Germany’s top goalscorer in the competition.

Klose - whose contract with club side Lazio is due to end in 2015 - previously hinted that he might retire from football once his deal finishes, but, Lotito admitted he would prefer if Klose renewed his deal with the Biancocelesti.

"How many millions was Klose’s goal worth? He is not for sale! It would be practical for him to continue the sport here in Rome. Klose can become the most prolific striker of all time,” Lotito told Radio 2.

"Everyone said that I was wrong to renew his contract and the facts are proving the contrary.

“Have you seen how strong he is in his later years? Wine improves with the passage of time and the same thing applies for Miro."

He added: "Klose is steel. I hope he can finish his career with Lazio."

Klose will look to become the all-time highest goalscorer at the World Cup when Germany play their final group game against the USA in Recife on June 26.