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Just one goal separates the two strikers as the tournament prepares to get underway - Goal documents the leading hitmen in the competition's history

Since his last World Cup in 2006, Ronaldo's record tally of 15 goals in the competition has remained untouched, but that could change over the next month.

The Brazil legend amassed his strikes across three tournaments, in 1998, 2002 and 2006 - and lifted the famous trophy once along the way, 12 years ago this summer.

However, with 14 goals to his name, Miroslav Klose is within touching distance of making history and is well fancied to do so as the focal point of a strong Germany side.
   Name       Goals      
Ronaldo 15
Miroslav Klose 14 
Gerd Muller 14 
 Just Fontaine 13
 Pele 12 
 Sandor Kocsis 11 
 Jurgen Klinsmann 11 
 Helmut Rahn 10 
 Gary Lineker 10 
 Gabriel Batistuta 10 


The 36-year-old is level on goals with another national hero, Gerd Muller, who starred in the 1970 and 1974 tournaments and boasts an incredible ratio of 1.08 goals per World Cup games.

Just one strike adrift of the two Germans is former France star Just Fontaine - who found the back of the net 13 times during the 1958 tournament. That remains a record haul for goals in a single edition.

With 12 goals in four World Cups between 1958 and 1970, Brazil legend Pele is a prominent figure in the top 10, and was the star as his country lifted the trophy three times in that period.

A goal further back, two players are on 11, in the shape of Hungary great Sandor Kocsis and Germany hero Jurgen Klinsmann, who will of course take charge of the USA in Brazil.

The final three places in our list are occupied by another German, Helmut Rahn, in 1954 and 1958, former England striker Gary Lineker and one of Argentina's most lethal hitmen of all-time, Gabriel Batistuta.

All three players scored 10 World Cup goals, but their places could be under threat if David Villa (eight goals) or Diego Forlan (six goals) enjoy a particularly fruitful summer in Brazil.

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