Lothar Matthaus made 25 appearances at the FIFA World Cup™, an all-time record.

The Germany legend played in every edition between 1982 and 1998, and is one of only two men to have played in five World Cups, the other being Mexico goalkeeper Antonio Carbajal (1950-66).

And though Gianluigi Buffon will be travelling to his fifth World Cup at Brazil 2014, the Italian will not be able to match Matthaus and Carbajal as he was an unused substitute in his first, France 1998.