Germany's Miroslav Klose Becomes All-Time Leading World Cup Goalscorer

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Germany's Miroslav Klose Becomes All-Time Leading World Cup Goalscorer
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With a goal in the 23rd minute of Germany's shocking 7-1 victory over Brazil in the semifinals of the World Cup on Tuesday, German forward Miroslav Klose became the all-time leader in World Cup goals with 16, per ESPN Stats & Info.

Klose moved ahead of Brazilian star Ronaldo after Klose tied his mark of 15 World Cup goals earlier in the tournament by finding the back of the net as a substitute against Ghana in Germany's second group-stage match.

Playing in his fourth World Cup for Germany, Klose was already just the third player to ever score in four different World Cups, and his start Tuesday solidified another record, as he became the first player to ever play in four consecutive World Cup semifinals, per Infostrada Sports on Twitter.

Klose's World Cup scoring barrage began in 2002 in Japan, when he scored a hat trick in an 8-0 win over Saudi Arabia. He went on to score twice more in the tournament that year, winning the Golden Boot Award.

2006 was a similarly productive tournament, as he scored a brace against Costa Rica in the opening game, then raised his career mark to 10 by finding the back of the net three more times in his home country.

Klose scored four times during the 2010 World Cup in South Africa, including twice against Argentina in the quarterfinals.

And with his goal in Tuesday's semifinal, Klose increased his record of most international goals for Germany to 71, which is 24 more than Lukas Podolski, whose 47 goals are the second-most for active German players.

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