Thomas Mueller Becomes 2nd Player to Score 5 Goals at Consecutive World Cups

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Thomas Mueller Becomes 2nd Player to Score 5 Goals at Consecutive World Cups
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When Thomas Mueller scored the opening goal in Germany's shocking 7-1 win over Brazil in the semifinals of the World Cup on Tuesday, Paul Carr of ESPN noted that he became just the second player to score five goals in back-to-back World Cups.

Mueller's tied the feat first established by current teammate Miroslav Klose, who scored five goals in the 2002 and 2006 World Cups.

Coincidentally, Klose also scored in Tuesday's win. According to ESPN Stats & Info, this gives him sole possession of the record for most World Cup goals ever scored with 16 after he tied Brazilian star Ronaldo at 15 in Germany's second group-stage match against Ghana.

Mueller scored his first World Cup goal in his first match in the 2010 tournament in South Africa, then added two more in the round of 16 against England. He found the back of the net once more in the quarterfinals against Argentina before scoring his final goal in the third-place game against Uruguay.

Mueller's five goals earned him the Golden Boot Award, an impressive feat for a player who was just 20 years old at the time.

Germany's run to the final in Brazil has also been led by Mueller, as he tallied a hat-trick against Portugal and a goal against the United States in the group stage before opening the scoring in the semifinals on Tuesday.

His five goals are just one short of Colombia's James Rodriguez for the most in this year's World Cup.

The total of 10 World Cup goals is matched by only 13 players in the tournament's history, and at 24 years old, ESPN Stats & Info indicates Mueller is the third-youngest player to ever reach that mark.

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