The 2002 FIFA World Cup™ was the first chance this century for the worlds top strikers to battle it out in the race for the coveted adidas Golden Shoe. Here, FIFA.com takes a look back at the sprint to the finishing line in Yokohama on 30 June.
31 May: Papa Bouba Diop (SEN) - 1 goalThe city of Seoul ground to a halt on May 31, as the long-awaited opening match between reigning champions France and the unfancied Senegalese kicked off. The Lions of Teranga dominated proceedings and deservedly went ahead when Papa Bouba Diop pounced on a rebound in the area to slot home. Diop's opener proved to be only goal of the game and the tournament had begun with a massive shock.
1 June: Miroslav Klose (GER) - 3 goals Ace marksmen of the calibre of Gabriel Batistuta, Thierry Henry and David Trezeguet all disappointed in the first round, so it was left to Germany's Miroslav Klose to show them how it should be done. The Kaiserslautern forward had only earned a place in the Mannschaft's FIFA World Cup™ squad at the last minute, so when he was given his chance in Germany's opener against Saudi Arabia he bolted out of the starting blocks. Deploying his aerial power to full effect, Klose struck three times in an 8-0 demolition, overtaking previous frontrunner Jon Dahl Tomasson in the process. The Dane had scored a stunning-brace against Uruguay, but it was Klose who stole the show in the first week with his debut FIFA World Cup™ hat-trick ? not to mention his extravagant celebratory somersaults.
5 June: Miroslav Klose (GER) - 4 goalsThe baby-faced striker found the net again, notching his fourth goal of the tournament and consolidating his lead over his rivals. Klose headed Germany's only goal in the duel with the Republic of Ireland in Ibaraki, and although Robbie Keane equalised at the death, the draw ultimately proved enough to send the Germans into the second round.
11 June: Miroslav Klose (GER) - 5 goalsThe match against Cameroon was to witness Klose's final somersault of the tournament. The striker scored another with his head as Germany beat Cameroon 2-0 in a bruising encounter. Unfortunately for Klose and his German teammates, this proved to be his last goal in the tournament, with his personal tally stuck at five. From then on, Klose's chances of claiming the adidas Golden Shoe would depend on his rivals failing to find the net.
17 June: Ronaldo (BRA) - 5 goalsBelgium proved to be more-than-worthy opponents for Brazil in the quarter-finals. Auriverde keeper Marcos was kept busy in Kobe, flinging himself about between the posts to keep the Belgians out for the first hour. Then, just as they did in the first round against Turkey, China and Costa Rica, first Rivaldo, then Ronaldo popped up to secure victory. Ronaldo's strike put him level with Klose on five, while Rivaldo saw his dream of equalling Jairzinho's record of scoring in every round of Mexico 1970 come that little bit closer. From hereon in, the duel for the adidas Golden Shoe was to be between the two Brazilian strikers.
21 June: Rivaldo (BRA) - 5 goalsEngland began the quarter-final playing with new-found confidence and took the lead through Michael Owen. Then, on the stroke of half-time, Ronaldinho cut through the English midfield before picking out Rivaldo with a defence-splitting pass. The soon-to-be AC Milan striker did the rest, taking his goal-tally to five for the tournament, joining Klose and Ronaldo in a three-way tie for the adidas Golden Shoe. Ronaldo failed to find the net for the first time, so Ronaldinho stepped up and fired the winner for the South Americans.
26 June: Ronaldo (BRA) - 6 goalsThe second semi-final brought Turkey and Brazil together again, and almost inevitably Ronaldo sealed victory for the Brazilians, toe-poking the ball into the net with Romario-esque efficiency. Ronaldo's strike not only propelled Brazil through to another final; it also left him out on his own as the tournament's leading goalscorer. The stage was now set for the three potential winners of the adidas Golden Shoe to line up in the Final between Germany and Brazil.
30 June: Ronaldo (BRA) - 8 goals69,000 fans crammed into Yokohama Stadium in stifling conditions. The 2002 FIFA World Cup Final was a tense affair, and it soon became clear that the first goal would be crucial. A moment of brilliance from one of the Golden Shoe trio could turn the game. Who would snatch the glory? Klose was having a quiet game - failing to live up to his first-round promise. Rivaldo wasn't having one of his best nights, either, but Ronaldo looked just as dangerous as ever.
And Ronaldo it was who broke the deadlock, though not through a piece of individual skill. The chance came when Kahn, of all people, failed to hold a Rivaldo shot and Ronaldo greedily pounced. Yet there was more to come. Rivaldo again had a hand in the build-up, letting the ball run through his legs to a grateful Ronaldo who once again defeated Kahn with a well-placed right-foot shot. Ronaldos eight goals gave him the best haul in the tournament since 1970 and left him to sweep up all the accolades, the glory and the famed adidas Golden Shoe.