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5 highest goalscorers in World Cup history

Arjun Singh Devgan
Miroslav Klose is the record goalscorer in World Cup history
Miroslav Klose is the record goalscorer in World Cup history / Martin Rose/GettyImages
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The World Cup is the most prestigious football tournament in the globe and one that takes place every four years with every player in the world extremely keen to win the biggest prize in the sport.

As usual there have been some players who have made their mark on the biggest stage of all, and here, we take a look at five of the highest goalscorers in World Cup history.

1. Miroslav Klose (Germany) - 16 goals in 24 games

Miroslav Klose
Germany v Argentina: 2014 FIFA World Cup Brazil Final / Martin Rose/GettyImages

The all-time record goalscorer in World Cup history and the first player to appear in four consecutive semi-finals, Miroslav Klose played in four tournaments and scored 16 goals in 24 games.

The 2006 Golden Shoe winner capped off his international career by leading Germany to the 2014 title.

2. Ronaldo (Brazil) - 15 goals in 19 games

Ronaldo Luís Nazário de Lima
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Widely considered as one best strikers in the history of the sport, Ronaldo scored a staggering 15 goals in just 19 games, winning two World Cup titles, while also coming up as the runner-up once.

The two-time Ballon d'Or award was a sight to behold in full flight and would have arguably won more if not for the injuries he suffered during his career.

3. Gerd Muller (Germany) - 14 goals in 13 games

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TOPSHOT-WORLD CUP-1974-WEST GERMANY-EAST GERMANY / STAFF/GettyImages

Nicknamed as "Der Bomber". Gerd Muller was deadly in front of goal and was brilliant for Germany in World Cup's, netting 14 goals in 13 games - leading his country to the 1974 title.

The late striker was excellent in front of goal and also won the Golden Boot award in 1970.

4. Just Fontaine (France) - 13 goals in 6 games

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SOCCER-FRANCE-HUNGARY-JUST FONTAINE / STAFF/GettyImages

Just Fontaine played in only one World Cup and holds the record for scoring the most goals in a single edition - with a staggering 13 goals coming in six matches.

Despite his goals, France could not lift the trophy, though he had the consolation of winning the Golden Boot in 1958.

5. Pele (Brazil) - 12 goals in 14 games

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TO GO WITH AFP 2010 WORLD CUP PACKAGE IN / STF/GettyImages

Brazil's all-time leading goalscorer and a player who has won three World Cup titles, Pele is considered by many to be the greatest player in the history of the sport.

The legendary striker won the Golden Ball award in 1970 and was the first teenager to score in a World Cup final.

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