Miroslav Klose overtakes Ronaldo to set World Cup's scoring record

Jul 09 2014, 13:38 IST
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Miroslav Klose celebrates after scoring a goal during the FIFA World Cup semi-finals between Brazil and Germany. (Reuters) Miroslav Klose celebrates after scoring a goal during the FIFA World Cup semi-finals between Brazil and Germany. (Reuters)
SummaryGermany striker Miroslav Klose became World Cup's all-time record scorer with his 16th goal during semi-final against Brazil.

Germany striker Miroslav Klose became the World Cup's all-time record scorer with his 16th goal during their semi-final against Brazil on Tuesday, eclipsing former Brazil striker Ronaldo in the record books with his 23rd minute strike.

The 36-year-old, playing in his fourth World Cup, had already equalled Ronaldo on 15 goals with his dramatic strike in Germany's 2-2 draw against Ghana in the group stage before moving ahead on Tuesday in the match in Belo Horizonte.

The goal was his first in a World Cup semi-final and one of his most important because it put Germany 2-0 ahead.

"I don't think I can really measure what it all means just yet," said Klose, who said he was only doing his job: "I'm a striker and strikers want to score goals. And naturally I want to stay on top of the scorers list as long as possible."

A humble man who plays for Lazio after earlier spells at Kaiserslautern, Werder Bremen and Bayern Munich, Klose is the best German striker of his generation whose tremendous sense of fair play has won him admirers in his homeland and in Italy.

The soft-spoken striker, who was born in Poland and spoke almost no German when he moved to Germany with his family as an eight-year-old in 1986, is the antithesis of flamboyant and the epitome of Germany's star-less World Cup teams.

Standing 1.82 metres tall, Klose is almost unstoppable in the air and is known for his superb timing and leaping ability having worked hard to develop those skills.

He has been consistently lethal in front of goal in his four World Cups and contributing to his record-breaking tally has been the fact he has played in 23 matches due to Germany having reached the final and semi-finals twice each in that time.

While he is for the most part understated, Klose used to let loose with a spectacular somersault earlier in his career to celebrate important goals. It was a trick he stopped performing until he did it again after equalling Ronaldo's record.

Klose's somersault in Salvador was less than perfect, as he did not quite land upright on his feet, but the fact that he attempted it reflected his joy at having equalised within two minutes of coming on as a substitute.

He said he opted not to do a sommersault in Belo Horizonte after breaking Ronaldo's record in the semi-final because he picked up a slight injury just before scoring

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