There was cause for celebration in Germany over the recent international break as Miroslav Klose equalled Gerd Mueller's record for goals scored representing his country. The 35-year-old found the net against Austria in a 3-0 World Cup qualifier win, bringing his tally to 68 goals in 130 appearances.
Mueller has long been regarded the best Germany striker of all time and one of the very best that world football has ever seen. That will not change, even once Klose surpasses him in goals scored for Germany. But Klose's achievement prompts the question of where he stands on Germany's list of all-time great strikers.
Read on for analysis of which players qualify as the top 20 strikers in German football history. Criteria considered include goals scored and titles won with club and country, with special importance given to goals that were of critical importance to title success.