The ex-Germany global was pictured by Breitbart under the headline: "Spanish Police Crack Gang Moving Migrants on Jet-Skis".
Last week, Breitbart published a story on its site by the newswire service Agence France-Presse that detailed how Spanish police shut down a gang that offered to ferry immigrants in Morocco to Spain via jet skis.
Breitbart later changed the picture, but not before it spread on social media. "German footballer. Won the World Cup in 2014", one user wrote on Twitter.
Since Podolski is neither a people-smuggling gang member, nor a north African migrant, Breitbart had to apologize to the former Arsenal striker.
"Editor's Note: A previous version of this story included an image of Lukas Podolski on a jet ski".More news: First look at "Judwaa 2" is a major throwback
"There is no evidence Mr Podolski is either a migrant gang member, nor being human trafficked".
Right-wing news site Breitbart News has apologized to German football star Lukas Podolski after publishing a photo of the 32-year-old former worldwide player accompanying a story about human traffickers operating between Morocco and Spain. "We wish Mr Podolski well in his recently announced worldwide retirement".
That photo by the way was taken back in 2014, near Germany's training camp for the World Cup that summer.
Adding that if guests planned on arriving via jet ski they should "please use the Fischer Island dock".
Podolski announced his retirement from Germany's national team in August 2016.