Miroslav Klose, the German forward striker has become the highest goal scrorer in World Cup matches with the 16th goal yesterday, pushing Brazilian star player Ronaldo. Klose is also the leading goal scorer for Germany with 71 goals from 136 games. He is also the third player to net at four World cup finals, beside Pele and Seeler. Brazil legend Pele and West Germany’s Uwe Seeler both scored at the 1958, 1962, 1966 and 1970 finals.
After Klose, now Ronaldo stands with 15 goals, followed by Gerd Muller with 14, Just Fontaine 13, Pele 12, Jurgen Klinsmann 11, and Gary Lineker with 10 goals.
Klose’s yesterday appearance for Germany was 23rd world cup match, equaled only by one compatriot, Lothar Matthaus. Germany are yet to lose a match in which Klose has scored!
“We are a team and it shows on the field, It’s also important that our set pieces bring results. You saw it again today,” said Klose after the match. German coach Joachim Loew praised the striker in no uncertain terms, “It really means a lot to all of us. This is a record. This is a record that could be beaten only by Mueller. We believe that he really deserves it. Because at his age, he is still playing at the highest possible level.”
“Klose is not a Ronaldo, or a Pele or that kind of footballer, He is a poacher but to break that record is a phenomenal achievement,” said Match of the Day presenter and former England striker Gary Lineker.
Klose first world cup appearance for Germany happened in 2002, and he scored a hat trick in his first match against Saudi Arabia then. Klose is certain to play in the final against the winner of the Netherlands, Argentina match. Will he etch a new chapter in his historical journey after this match, will be revealed in a couple of days more.