Podolski arrived on the German football scene when he made his debut with Cologne at the age of eighteen, and earned his first cap for Germany a year later.
Bayern, known for their inclination in procuring the best talent in the land, had seen enough to be convinced to fork out a sum of €10million for his services in 2006, pipping the likes of Liverpool and Real Madrid to his signature.
However, Podolski had a forgettable three-year spell at the Allianz Arena, where he was even dropped to the reserves for two matches during his second season.
After managing just fifteen goals in 72 German Bundesliga appearances despite his reputation of being one of Europe's hottest prospects, Podolski returned to Cologne after the club's fans helped to pay for his transfer fee.
While Podolski has since returned to some form after rejoining his boyhood club, he was recently stripped of the club captaincy, sparking off talk that he would hand in a transfer request.
Basler, who turned out for Bayern from 1996 to 1999 and also won 30 caps for the German national team, has criticised Podolski, believing he was always bound to fail at the Allianz Arena because he was too weak to play for a club of that stature.
"For Bayern, Podolski was far too weak," Basler told Audi Star Talk.
"He took the easy option: back to Cologne.
"He gets upset if they take [away] the captaincy. He must also move on."
Podolski was however quick to hit back at Basler's criticism, questioning the credibility of an assessment from a man who has failed coaching in Germany's lower leagues.
"Mario Basler is one who, with expertise and time as a coach in the third and fourth leagues, was fired," Podolski said to Express.
"But I wish him continued success as a player in the regional divisions."
For someone who has never truly found his best form at club level, Podolski has an excellent record when turning out for Germany, and has netted 42 goals from 89 caps.