Thomas Muller has told Fifa to stick the Golden Boot award "up their a***" after letting rip during a televised interview.
The Germany midfielder scored five goals in seven matches as he helped propel his nation to the World Cup trophy but was pipped to the Golden Boot trophy by Colombia's James Rodriguez.
Video footage has since emerged showing the 24-year-old, who also recorded three assists at the tournament, was not in the slightest bit bothered about missing out on the award.
Standing alongside a bemused Bastian Schweinsteiger, Muller did not hold back when he was asked how he felt about being so close, yet so far from picking up the award.
"I don't care about this bulls***. We are world champions, we have the cup. And that f******, Golden Boot? You can stick it up your a****," Muller eloquently puts it.
He then hastily departed the interview, leaving Germany and Bayern team-mate Schweinsteiger to continue.
Almost half a million fans descended onto Berlin's Brandenburg Gate to welcome home their heroes.
Muller was joined by his German team-mates on a specially constructed stage as captain Philip Lahm held aloft Die Mannschaft's fourth World Cup crown after previous wins in 1954, 1974 and 1990.
German media provided wall-to-wall coverage of the nation's reaction to Joachim Low's team's 1-0 victory over Argentina in the World Cup final. Fans were swept up in national fervour and got into the party mood, dancing giddily, drinking beer and decked out in the tricolour of the Bundesflagge.
As the national team flew overhead, thousands of fans broke into the chorus from Baddiel and Skinner's 1996 England anthem, Football's Coming Home.