Rio de Janeiro: Miroslav Klose and Thomas Mueller will bring a grand total of 26 World Cup goals to the final on Sunday, a staggering tally for two of the most prolific strikers in the tournament’s history.
Klose is the Cup’s all-time record goal scorer with 16 in four tournaments, while Mueller has 10 in two editions.
But the German duo’s fearsome reputation on the field masks a good-natured and soft-spoken demeanour off it.
Both are consummate team players who altruistically express due appreciation to the fine assists they get from a superb pack of midfielders.
They might be famous around the world for their World Cup heroics but in Germany they're just two ordinary guys on Joachim Loew’s team desperate for a first World Cup title since 1990.
“The only thing that matters to me is that the team is successful and we'll finally be able to lift the damn thing on Sunday,” Klose told reporters on Thursday.
“I’m just savouring every moment that I’m on the pitch,” added the 36-year-old, who has started Germany’s last two games after playing a reserve role before that.
“I’m soaking up all the emotions. Those are my special moments. It feels really awful to lose a final, so it’s our time to win this one.”
Klose has no plans to stop no matter what happens on Sunday.
“Unfortunately,” he said with a smile. “I feel like I can still keep going on. I feel like I can drag my corpse around for quite some time. I’ll probably make a spontaneous decision at some point (to retire) but I’m not there yet.” (Agencies)