The peruan legend had a great time in the «Bavarian» club
Claudio Pizarro has been named as a club ambassador for Bayern Munich, where he lifted six Meisterschale across two spells with the record champions. The 41-year-old Peru forward retired from playing in June having helped Werder Bremen retain their Bundesliga status with 18 league appearances last season.
Clearly uninterested in putting his feet up in retirement, Pizarro now takes on his new role with former club Bayern alongside fellow ambassadors Giovane Elber, Lothar Matthäus and Bixente Lizarazu. Pizarro scored 125 goals in 327 appearances as a Bayern player from 2001-07 and 2012-15 and as well as his six Bundesliga titles with Bayern, he also lifted five DFB Cups, as well as the 2012/13 UEFA Champions League trophy and 2013 FIFA Club World Cup.
Pizarro started his career with Deportivo Pesquero in 1998, before moving to Alianza Lima. Then, he moved over to Germany playing for Werder Bremen. He has spent most of his career playing in the Bundesliga , having two spells at Bayern Munich and four at Werder Bremen, during which he won 17 trophies, 16 of which occurred at Bayern.
These include the UEFA Champions League, 6 Bundesliga titles and 6 DFB Pokal cups. He had a short spell with Chelsea in 2007, scoring on his debut and being the first Peruvian to ever play for the club. On 23 October 2010, Pizarro set a new record for most goals scored by a foreign player in the Bundesliga, surpassing Giovane Elber’s record of 132 in a game against Monchengladbach.
As of 18 May 2019, Pizarro is the 5th highest goalscorer in Bundesliga history with 197 goals and the all-time top scorer for Werder Bremen. With his goal on 16 February 2019 against Hertha, Pizarro became the oldest goalscorer in Bundesliga history, breaking the previous record held by Miroslav Votava.
A full Peruvian international since 1999, Pizarro represented and captained the Peru national football team at 4 Copa America tournaments and 4 FIFA World Cup qualifying campaigns, where he did help his side qualify for the 2018 FIFA World Cup but did not get picked for the finals.
He holds the record for the fastest ever goal scored for Peru just after 18 seconds in the match. He retired from international football in 2016.
“I am very happy to return to Bayern as an ambassador. “It’s a dream to be back in Munich. FC Bayern is always referred to as a family, and that’s exactly how it feels. In my new role I will give everything for this club again – as I used to do as a player.”Claudio Pizarro, ex football player of Bayern Múnich
Pizarro’s 490 Bundesliga appearances are more than any other non-German player in the league’s history, while only Bayern behemoth Robert Lewandowski has more goals than Pizarro’s 197 by a foreign national in the German top-tier. It is this incredible prowess that makes him, as Bayern head of marketing Andreas Jung says, “a perfect representative” for the club.
“We are happy to have Claudio Pizarro as an ambassador for FC Bayern. Claudio was a crowd favourite as a player and is extremely valued by our fans.”Andreas Jung. Bayern Múnich head of marketing
Pizarro has a sister, Patricia, and a younger brother, Diego. Diego is also a professional footballer and played for Bayern Munich as a youth. Pizarro is married to his teenage sweetheart, Karla Salcedo, and they have two sons, Claudio and Gianluca, and a daughter, Antonella.
All three were born in Germany. Pizarro co-owns a racehorse called ‘Crying Lightning’ with fellow professional footballer Joey Barton. In January 2011 the horse competed at the Nad Al Sheba Racecourse in Dubai.