Germany striker MIROSLAV KLOSE (11) of Bayern Munich marches off after calmly stroking a volley past Argentina goalkeeper SERGIO ROMERO (22) of Dutch club AZ Alkmaar for his second goal of the World Cup quarterfinal match at the Green Point Stadium in Cape Town, South Africa. On his duff is Argentine defender NICOLAS BURDISSO (4) of Italian outfit AS Roma just after the Klose set the eventual final score at 4-0 for Germany. (Reuters photo)
Veteran international attacker MIROSLAV KLOSE missed a sitter in the first half that might have come back to haunt both the player and Germany in its tightly-contested World Cup quarterfinal match with Argentina in South Africa.
Instead, the Polish-born striker rebounded in the second half with a bang to net a brace on his 100th appearance for his country and help propel Germany to a devastating 4-0 destruction of two-time world champion Argentina in Cape Town.
Having already moved into sole possession of second place on Germany’s all-time international list with a goal opposite England in the Round of Sixteen, the pair of goals against Argentina lifted the 32-year-old striker into a tie for second place on the all-time World Cup final tournament chart with West German legend GERD “Der Bomber” MUELLER on 14 career goals.
Brazil’s RONALDO Luis Nazario de Lima is the record-holder with 15 goals scored at the finals of the World Cup.
Klose, who won the Golden Boot as the top goal-scorer at the 2006 World Cup staged in Germany, also moved into a tie with several players, including Germany national teammate THOMAS MUELLER, for top shot with four goals at the 2010 World Cup tournament in South Africa.
Only a dozen men have managed to reach double-digits for all-time goals scored at the final tournament of the World Cup :
15 goals — RONALDO — Brazil
14 goals — Gerd MUELLER — West Germany
14 goals — Miroslav KLOSE — Germany
13 goals — Just FONTAINE — France
12 goals — PELE — Brazil
11 goals — Sandor KOCSIS — Hungary
11 goals — Juergen KLINSMANN — West Germany / Germany
10 goals — Helmut RAHN — West Germany
10 goals — Grzegorz LATO — Poland
10 goals — Teofilio CUBILLAS — Peru
10 goals — Gary LINEKER — England
10 goals — Gabriel BATISTUTA — Argentina
9 goals — VAVA — Brazil
9 goals — Uwe SEELER — West Germany
9 goals — ADEMIR — Brazil
9 goals — EUSEBIO — Portugal
9 goals — JAIRZINHO — Brazil
9 goals — Paolo ROSSI — Italy
9 goals — Karl-Heinz RUMMENIGGE — West Germany
9 goals — Roberto BAGGIO — Italy
9 goals — Christian VIERI — Italy