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Ronaldo praises Miroslav

Fortaleza: Miroslav Klose equalled Brazilian legend Ronaldo’s record of 15 World Cup goals with the equaliser for Germany in their 2-2 Group G draw with Ghana, on Saturday.

Mario Goetze had given Germany the lead before goals from Andre Ayew and Asamoah Gyan turned the game on its head and threatened to cause a major upset for the Black Stars.

But Klose had the last laugh with a poacher’s goal a yard out 19 minutes from time.

“It doesn’t matter whether I play from the start or come off the bench All games are important and 15 goals in 20 World Cup games isn’t bad,” said the Lazio striker.

“Of course it’s something very special for me, there’s no doubt about that. But the most important thing is that I was able to help my team,” Klose added.

Ronaldo congratulated Klose after the German equalled his record.

“Welcome to the club,” Ronaldo tweeted. “I can only imagine your happiness!!! What a great World Cup!!!”

Ronaldo scored his goals in the 1998, 2002 and 2006 tournaments.

Klose’s Saturday’s goal also made him only the second German after Uwe Seeler to score at four different World Cups.

Asked as to which of his 15 tournament goals, chalked up at finals in Korea and Japan, Germany, South Africa and now in Brazil, he considers to have been most important, Klose did not hesitate.

“I think it’d have to be the equaliser against Argentina in the quarter-finals in 2006, at the Olympiastadion, in Berlin. It meant we went to penalties, which we then won,” he said.

Even in his hour of glory, Klose, who is behind only Lothar Matthaus as Germany’s most-capped player, was keen to pay tribute to the man whose goalscoring record he had just equalled: “For me, Ronaldo is one of the best ever”.