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Germany’s Klose breaks finals goals record

Published: 
Wednesday, July 9, 2014

Germany striker Miroslav Klose became the record scorer in World Cup history by netting his 16th finals goal in the 7-1 semi-final victory over Brazil. The 36-year-old Lazio striker put his country 2-0 ahead as they opened up a 5-0 half-time lead in Belo Horizonte. Klose moved level with former Brazil striker Ronaldo by scoring against Ghana earlier in the competition. 

 

Germany’s leading goalscorer with 71 goals in 136 games, he is the third player to net at four World Cup finals. Brazil legend Pele and West Germany’s Uwe Seeler both scored at the 1958, 1962, 1966 and 1970 finals. Klose goal against Brazil came in his 23rd World Cup appearance, a tally only compatriot Lothar Matthaus has bettered. Germany have never lost a game in which he has scored.

 

Top 5 Goalscorers

Name    Country    Goals
1 Miroslav Klose    Germany    16
2 Ronaldo    Brazil    15
3 Gerd Muller    W Germany    14
4 Just Fontaine    France    13
5 Pele    Brazil    12