Miroslav Klose didn’t wait long to etch his name into the record books.
The German striker entered Saturday’s 2014 FIFA World Cup Group G matchup against Ghana in the 69th minute and scored just under two minutes later off a corner kick to tie the score at 2-2 and save his team from a critical defeat.
112 - Miroslav Klose scored with his first touch of the ball, 112 seconds after coming on as a sub. History. #GER—
(@OptaJean) June 21, 2014
Klose’s clutch goal was also a historic one, as it was his 15th career World Cup goal, tying him with Brazilian legend Ronaldo as the top World Cup goal scorer of all time.
The SPORT Bible (@TSBible) June 21, 2014
15 - Miroslav Klose has equalled Ronaldo's record of 15 goals at World Cup finals. Legends. http://t.co/nkKZQnJr2Y—
(@OptaJose) June 21, 2014
Ronaldo congratulated Klose on his historic achievement Saturday by sending out the following tweet, which translates to “welcome to the club.”
Willkommen im klub—
Claro Ronaldo (@ClaroRonaldo) June 21, 2014
The 36-year-old is competing in his fourth World Cup this year — he scored five goals in his World Cup debut in 2002 — and joins Brazil’s Pele and Germany’s Uwe Seeler as the only players to score in four World Cups.
Miroslav Klose is head-over-heels happy with that record. http://t.co/xaM22mHm4U—
SportlobsterFootball (@Football_SL) June 21, 2014
If breaking a World Cup record isn’t grounds for a backflip celebration, we don’t know what is.