Germany and Bayern Munich legend Franz Beckenbauer has been named the winner of the 2022 Award of Honour.
German Football Ambassador e.V., who GOAL supports as a media partner, will officially present Beckenbauer with the award on May 19 at the Federal Foreign Office in Berlin as they celebrate their 10th anniversary.
The 76-year-old has been acknowledged for the work of his charity, the Franz Beckenbauer Foundation, which has been seen to make a significant contribution to the positive image of Germany.
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What has Beckenbauer said about the award?
"I would like to thank you all very much for this award," Beckenbauer said after the announcement. "It is a great honour for me."
e.V. president Roland Bischof has added: "All those who were able to get to know him privately also see a person full of kindness, a down-to-earth attitude and generous charity.
"Or in this case: an absolutely worthy winner of the 2022 Honorary Award for his lifetime achievements!"
Beckenbauer's legacy continues to grow
The German Football Ambassador Award was given to a club for the first time last year as Bayern Munich received the prize, while a star-studded list of previous winners includes Dettmar Cramer, Thomas Hitzlsperger, Miroslav Klose and Otto Pfister.
Joshua Kimmich and Leon Goretzka were joint winners in 2020 for their efforts for the #WeKickCorona campaign, and Beckenbauer has now added to his legacy by following in their footsteps.
The former defender made over 100 appearances for Germany as a player, winning World Cup and European Championship honours, and also lifted three European Cups and four Bundesliga titles while on the books of Bayern at club level.