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Klose could sit, miss out on scoring record

Miroslav Klose of Germany celebrates scoring the opening

Miroslav Klose of Germany celebrates scoring the opening goal against England in the Round of 16. (June 27, 2010) Credit: Getty Images

German striker and aerial magician Miroslav Klose may miss Saturday's third-place game because of a back injury, which likely would end his pursuit of the World Cup's all-time scoring record.

Klose has scored four goals in this year's tournament, lifting his career total to 14. Ronaldo of Brazil set the record in 2006 with 15. In that tournament, Klose knocked in five goals -- all with his head -- and won the Golden Boot.

Ronaldo won FIFA's World Player of the Year award three times (1996, 1997, 2002) and won the Ballon D'Or twice (1997, 2002). In the 1998 World Cup, he won the Golden Boot with eight goals. Four years later, Hhe scored his 15th and final goal during Brazil's Round of 16 match against Ghana -- a game I had the honor of attending. Of course, my friends and I attended the match somewhat begrudgingly, because the U.S. should've been there instead. But, I digress. 

For a compilation of Ronaldo's 15 goals, check out the video below. In my opinion, the first goal, the 12th and the 14th are the best.

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