Klose's second-half brace helped complete a staggering 4-0 quarter-final win over Argentina in Cape Town today. It also allowed the 32-year-old to muscle into contention for the adidas Golden Boot by taking him on to four, and sees him join legendary Germany striker Gerd Muller on 14 in FIFA World Cup™ tournaments.
With two matches to play, including either the final or third-place play-off, Klose needs just a single goal to match Ronaldo, who took his tally to 15 when Brazil defeated Ghana four years ago. However, such individual accolades mean little to the Bayern Munich man, who continues to put the team first.
"I don't know whether I am going to pass Ronaldo's record, and I don't really care," he said. "I didn't think about the record beforehand. I just wanted to win the game. I am more interested in what we do as a team. If we end this tournament winning the World Cup that would be far more important than any goals I score."
Germany's latest effort was perhaps even better than their 4-1 defeat of England in Bloemfontein last Sunday. "Argentina are a good side but we played as a team today," said Klose. "We were excellent. Now we have two games left. If we win them both we will be world champions."