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Klose after Ronaldo's record

Wednesday, June 11, 2014

Veteran Germany striker Miroslav Klose has said he wants to break Ronaldo's record of 15 FIFA World Cupâ„¢ goals before stepping down from international duty after Brazil 2014.

Having scored 14 goals for Germany at the last three World Cup tournaments, Lazio's Klose is just one short of Brazil legend Ronaldo's record. I'm too ambitious for that, but the team always comes first," Klose told Munich-based daily Sueddeutsche Zeitung.

The ex-Bayern Munich star has struggled with injuries this season after a foot operation in September, then a shoulder problem in November, and he says UEFA EURO 2016 will probably be beyond him. "I think that the World Cup in Brazil is to be my last tournament," said the 35-year-old.

"The way my fitness is, I find it hard to assume I could play for two more years at the highest level."

Germany kick-off their World Cup campaign in Group G against Portugal in Salvador on 16 June.

Klose's contract expires in June and while Lazio are reported to want to offer him a year's extension on a reduced salary, the striker is considering offers from the United States and United Arab Emirates.

"Thank God there are so many interesting opportunities," said Klose. "Speculation doesn't help anyone but I am sure I want to keep playing at the highest possible level."

Having made his international debut back in March 2001 and despite his increasing years, Klose said he is still one of the fastest in Germany's training sessions.

"During the sprints, I am in the top five, rather than the top three, but not many people know what a tough guy I am," he said.

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