In this week’s Golden Boot Contenders feature Soccer Laduma looks at Miroslav Klose who could become the all-time World Cup goal-scorer in Brazil.
Klose has scored a total of 14 World Cup goals throughout his career, only one less than all-time record goal-scorer Ronaldo de Lima.
He has scored five goals (all of which were headers) in his first World Cup in 2002, when Germany reached the final but lost 2-0 to Brazil through two goals by Ronaldo.
At the 2006 World Cup he again scored five goals, winning the Golden Boot and helping his country to finish in third place.
He also became only the second player to have scored at least five goals in two different World Cups alongside Peruvia, Teofilo Cubillas.
In 2010, Klose scored four goals in South Africa and Germany finished again in third place. This achievement made him the only ever player to have scored at least four goals in three different World Cups.
Overall he has scored 68 goals in 131 caps for Germany and is the joint all-time scorer with Gerd Mueller, who also has scored 14 goals in World Cup history.
The ageing 35-year-old is not getting any younger and has only scored seven goals for his club this season, but with Mario Gomez being left out Klose will get his game-time for Germany in Brazil.
Whether that be as Germany’s leading striker or whether Jogi Low might opt to play with a false nine a la Thomas Mueller or Marco Reus, Klose will be keen to continue his World Cup scoring history.
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