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Miroslav Klose is just one goal short of becoming the World Cup's all-time top scorer, but another Germany star has been tipped to beat his tally

Germany legend Gerd Muller has backed compatriot Thomas Muller to become the World Cup's greatest goalscorer on the back of his hat-trick heroics against Portugal.

‘Der Bomber’ is a former World Cup Golden Boot winner and believes his namesake is on course to become the most prolific scorer in finals history.

The current Germany forward scored five times in South Africa 2010 and already has three goals to his credit in Brazil.

Team-mate Miroslav Klose is only one strike behind Ronaldo’s all-time record of 15, the older Muller thinks it is only a matter of time before the Bayern Munich attacker surpasses both.

“I’m sure that Thomas Muller will surpass the World Cup scoring record because he still has another one or two World Cups ahead of him,” the legend told Sport Bild.

“He will defend his Golden Boot title."

Klose recently overhauled Muller's record of 68 goals for his country, but the latter did accumulate those goals in only 60 internationals, compared to the Lazio striker's 132.

Meanwhile, Thomas Muller has struck 20 times for Germany in 50 caps, with seven of those coming in the final stages of the World Cup.

He is expected to have the opportunity to add to his tally when his side meet Ghana in their second group game in Fortaleza on Saturday, having previously seen off Portugal 4-0.

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