Germany's Lothar Matthaus plays in the most World Cup matches.
The legendary Germany captain Lothar Matthaus is the World Cup’s most seasoned campaigner.
Having participated in five tournaments – beginning in 1982 and concluding in 1998 – Matthaus played in a record 25
finals matches during his career, winning 15, drawing six and losing just four.
During that time, he was a runner-up twice (’82 and ’86) before finally lifting the World Cup Trophy at Italia ’90 – in the subsequent two editions Germany went on to reach the quarter-finals.
He called time on his international career after the ’98 event, with 150 caps to his credit. Unsurprisingly, this figure also makes him his country’s most capped player.