Miroslav Klose has been a key player for Germany for over a decade, but he now can say he is the top scorer in national team history.
The striker scored a goal in the 76th minute of the squad's international friendly against Armenia, sending him into the record books, according to Fox Soccer:
Miroslav Klose has just become Germany's all-time leading scorer, passing Gerd Müller with his 69th international goal.— FOX Soccer (@FOXSoccer) June 6, 2014
Klose has been a part of Germany's national team since 2001, appearing in the World Cup in 2002, 2006 and 2010. He will be 36 years old at the start of the 2014 World Cup in Brazil and should make an impact as the team's only true striker.
A strong performance this summer could help cement him as one of the top players in German history.
Of course, his 69th career goal does not take away from the outstanding career of Gerd Mueller. Infostrada Sports points out how many fewer matches it took the former star to reach his mark:
To put it in perspective: Klose needed 132 caps for his 69 goals. Gerd Muller needed 62 caps for 68 goals.— Infostrada Sports (@InfostradaLive) June 6, 2014
Manager Joachim Loew also explained the importance of the record when it seemed possible for Klose to break it, via Charles Boehm of MLSSoccer.com:
Gerd Müller's goalscoring record, with 68 goals to his name, seemed unbreakable for 40 years. We don't really go for these statistics and I don't think it's true for Miro [either]. Having said that, of course it will be extremely pleasant for him to achieve that on a personal level.
With the 69th international goal behind him, Klose can now set his sights on another impressive career achievement. He has 14 career goals in the World Cup, putting him just one behind Brazilian legend Ronaldo.
Although Germany is in a tough group with Portugal, Ghana and the United States, the title contenders should find a way to make a deep run in this tournament. This should give the talented player enough chances to tie and likely even pass Ronaldo as the all-time leader at the international event.
No matter what Germany does this summer, Klose will prove himself as one of the top scorers in history.
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