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ESPN FC  By ESPN staff

Miroslav Klose sets new scoring record

Germany forward Miroslav Klose breaks the World Cup scoring record with 16th career goal.

Miroslav Klose netted in Germany's 7-1 win over Brazil in the semifinals on Tuesday to become the all-time leading World Cup goalscorer with 16.

Klose, 36, had already pulled level with Brazilian legend Ronaldo when he scored in the 71st minute of Germany's clash with Ghana and went one better in the semis in Belo Horizonte.

The striker -- who became the first player to ever appear in four World Cup semifinals -- put Joachim Low's side into a 2-0 lead with a 23rd-minute strike. 

Top World Cup goalscorers

16 - Miroslav Klose (GER) -  23 games
15 - Ronaldo (BRA) - 19 games
14 - Gerd Muller (GER) - 13 games
13 - Just Fontaine (FRA) - 6 games
12 - Pele (BRA) - 14 games
11 - Sandor Kocsis (HUN) - 5 games
11 - Jurgen Klinsmann (GER) - 17 games
10 - Helmut Rahn - (GER) - 10 games
10 - Gabriel Batistuta (ARG) - 12 games
10 - Teofilo Cubillas (PER) - 13 games

Klose's 15th goal came in his 20th World Cup appearance against Ghana and, after failing to score against the USA or make an appearance against Algeria in the round of 16, his 16th goal came in his 23rd, and he has scored at four consecutive tournaments -- only the third player to achieve that feat after Brazil legend Pele and West Germany's Uwe Seeler. 

"One strike is not enough for me. I need to add more," Klose said before breaking the record. "I've got brutal mind, always prepare for everything. I don't take any offence [when not starting], I know that I can always help the team, in whatever way. I am ready, you already saw that against Ghana."

In 2002, Klose scored five goals, all of them headers as an ageing Germany side progressed to the final. He added another five on home soil in 2006, where he also won the Golden Boot, before netting four more in South Africa in 2010.

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