Germany’s Miroslav Klose joined Brazil’s Ronaldo as the joint all-time World Cup top goalscorer last night with his equaliser in their 2-2 draw with Ghana.
The goal was Klose’s 15th in World Cup finals and his 70th for Germany; their all-time leading goalscorer with two more than Gerd Müller.
Miroslav Klose came off the bench to rescue Germany a point in their second group game at the 2014 World Cup and in typical Klose style too from very close range.
In the process, Klose became only the third player in history to score at four World Cups after Pelé and Uwe Seeler.
The Polish-born striker scored his 15 goals against the following opposition:
11 of Miroslav Klose’s goals have been scored in nine matches at the group stage, whilst he has never scored beyond the quarter-final despite playing in three semi-finals, one third-place playoff and one final.
Ronaldo’s 15 goals on the other hand look like this:
The Brazilian only scored seven goals in nine group games in comparison. He struck four in the round of 16, two in the semi-finals and twice in the final (both against Germany in 2002). In the 2002 World Cup, he scored in every round but for Brazil’s 2-1 quarter-final victory over England.
Interestingly, Klose scored his 15th World Cup goal against Ghana in Brazil, whilst Ronaldo scored his 15th against Ghana in Germany.
Miroslav Klose has only played one more game than Ronaldo, 20 vs 19 although it is the Brazilian who has spent more time on the pitch – 1,624 minutes compared to the German’s 1,532.
The breakdown of games, minutes and goals for each player is as follows:
With Germany expected to go far in the 2014 World Cup and with one group game to be played, Miroslav Klose has a great shot at becoming the sole top scorer by scoring just once more.