Paul became a pop culture sensation by correctly predicting the outcome of as many World Cup matches as he has legs - all seven of Germany's games, and the Spain-Netherlands final. His crazy second-sight antics were some of the genuine high-spots of the tournament. But now, he's putting his feet up.

Though Paul was born in Weymouth, Engerland, he currently lives in Germany at the The Sea Life Oberhausen aquarium. A spokesperson said the intuitive invertebrate will "go into retirement and do what he likes to do best: play with his handlers and delight children who come to visit him".

But rumours persist that actually, Paul is busy writing his autobiography. He's also said to be in talks with a record company over the release of a year-end seasonal hit titled 'The Eight Days of Christmas'. It's been reported too that Paul has refused jobs as a UK economist, and as a consultant to Fabio Capello.

Perhaps he'll come out of retirement for the 2012 European Championship, another football competition. In the meantime Paul, ride the wave of celebrity, exploit every sucker you can.