Klose breaks Ronaldo's record to become top scorer in World Cup history

Last Updated: Wed, Jul 09, 2014 02:25 hrs

Miroslav Klose has beaten Ronaldo's record to become the top scorer in World Cup history.

The German forward scored his side's second goal in the semi-final against Brazil to become the record holder outright with 16.

It was his second of the tournament after he came off the bench against Ghana to net in the group stage, which put him level with the Brazil legend.

Klose's first World Cup appearance came in 2002, where he scored a hat trick in an 8-0 victory over Saudi Arabia. 

He netted again in their next group game, a 1-1 draw with Republic of Ireland, before scoring the second in a 2-0 victory over Cameroon.

Despite Germany's run to the final that year, Klose failed to find the net again in the tournament, eventually finishing level on goals with Rivaldo, and behind top scorer Ronaldo who grabbed eight.

During his home World Cup four years later in 2006, the forward found the net five times again, which was enough for the Golden Boot. 

He scored two goals in their opening 4-2 victory over Costa Rica, and twice more in their final group game against Ecuador.

Klose's final goal in that World Cup was his vital 80th-minute equaliser against Argentina in the quarter-finals, that brought the score to 1-1, with Germany eventually winning on penalties.

And in 2010, he managed four more strikes: one in their opening 4-0 win over Australia, once in their 4-1 demolition of England in the last-16 and twice in their 4-0 destruction of Argentina in the quarter-finals.

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