According to German newspaper Bild (translated by the Huffington Post), Lothar Matthaeus reacted angrily to news that the German Postal Service had declared him dead.
The 52-year-old was to be sent court papers from Munich regarding alimony payments to his ex-wife.
Matthaeus could not be found at the address they had for him, so the letter was marked with the word "tot," which is German for "deceased."
Who Ate All The Pies added that the payments were worth around €35,000, but without having received the letter, Matthaeus had no idea of the request or, just as importantly, his own demise.
When asked by Bild what he thought of it, 1990 World Cup winner Matthaeus said, "That is outrageous. Everyone can see that I am alive, whether on TV or on the pitch."