Germany's Miroslav Klose Ties Ronaldo's All-Time Record with 15th World Cup Goal

Bleacher Report MilestonesB/R StaffJune 23, 2014

Germany's Benedikt Hoewedes celebrates after his teammate Miroslav Klose scored a goal during the group G World Cup soccer match between Germany and Ghana at the Arena Castelao in Fortaleza, Brazil, Saturday, June 21, 2014. (AP Photo/Matthias Schrader)
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Forward Miroslav Klose was Mr. Instant Offense for Germany on Saturday, entering their World Cup match against Ghana in the 69th minute and then scoring the equalizing goal less than two minutes later. The score was Klose's 15th World Cup goal, tying former Brazil star Ronaldo for the most career goals in the tournament's history, per ESPN's Paul Carr.

Klose has had a long and productive international career, as he became just the third player to score in four different World Cups, joining Brazilian star Pele and fellow German Uwe Seeler, according to ESPN's Carr.

Klose started off his World Cup scoring back in 2002 in Japan when he netted a hat-trick in an 8-0 win over Saudi Arabia. He went on to score two more goals in that tournament, winning the Golden Boot Award.

His goalscoring prowess continued in 2006 in Germany when he scored a brace against Costa Rica in the opener and then scored three more to raise his career total to 10.

The 2010 tournament in South Africa saw Klose score once in the opening match then add three more, including two against Argentina in the quarterfinals, to reach 14.

The 36-year-old striker has been prolific throughout his international career, as he is also Germany's all-time leader in goals with an impressive 70. The legendary Gerd Muller is second with 68 while Lukas Podolski is second among active Germans and tied for third all-time at 47 career international goals. Rudi Voller and current United States coach Jurgen Klinsmann are tied with Podolski at 47 to round out the top five.

While the World Cup record is an impressive one, ESPN Stats & Info also points out that not a single one of Klose's Cup goals has come from outside the 18-yard box.

Still, Klose should get a shot at taking the record all for himself when Germany takes on the United States on Thursday.

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