Brazilian Ronaldo still the best: Klose

Rio de Janeiro: In the same week he usurped Ronaldo as the FIFA World Cup`s top scorer, Germany striker Miroslav Klose said the Brazilian legend remains football`s most complete player.

Klose, who equalled Ronaldo`s 15-goal tally against Ghana in the group stage, netted his record-breaking 16th goal in Germany`s 7-1 defeat of Brazil Tuesday, reports Xinhua.

"He was an outstanding player," the Lazio striker said during a press conference Thursday.

"I play in Italy and everyone I speak to there says that Ronaldo was the best player that ever played in Italy. For me he was the most complete player ever."

Ronaldo, now working as a television commentator for Brazilian broadcaster Globo, graciously congratulated Klose live on air during Tuesday`s match.

Klose said he was grateful for Ronaldo`s humility.

"Obviously it must be bitter for him that he was in the stadium when I overtook him in the match against Brazil," Klose said.

"Before he sent a message out `Klose - welcome in the club of 15`. I can now send out this message: `Miroslav Klose in the club of 16 and everyone`s welcome to join`."

Klose is one of only three players to score at four World Cup finals - along with Brazil legend Pele and Germany`s Uwe Seeler.

He is also Germany`s all-time record scorer with 71 goals in 136 international matches.

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